By Ahmed Ajikobi
A Yoruba teacher in one of the popular private schools in Ilorin, His Grace Nursery/Primary School has been allegedly accused of rape attempt by one of the pupils of the school.
The suspected teacher, Akorede Ahmed, was said to have lured the minor, (name withheld) into the toilet in the school.
Speaking with National Pilot, the victim narrated how the suspect, Akorede Ahmed lured her into the toilet and attempted to rape her.
The victim, who has now left the school because of the incident said, the teacher Korede was to teach them Yoruba on Wednesday, 26 February, 2020, but failed to come.
“On Thursday 27th of the same month, he came for his make-up class while other teachers were having meeting. After the class, he told me to collect all the class notes and bring them to him which I did. I went to meet him in Primary Four.
“While going back to class and even close to my class, Mr Akorede called me back. On getting close to him, he asked me to follow him to the toilet and closed the toilet door.
“He pulled up my skirt and pulled off my pant. He started touching my bum bum at the front. After which he said I should not tell anybody. He opened the door and went back to Primary Four, I pulled my pant back on and drew down my skirt and went back to class.
“Another teacher had been to our class and teaching. So I took permission from the teacher that I want to use the rest room. While coming back, I met one of my classmates whose surname is Adio, she said that Mr Korede told her something I couldn’t recollect what she was told. We were both acting strange. Other class members started noticing that something was not right with us.
“We later told Nifemi and Abdullahi about what happened between me, Adio and Akorede. Nifemi and Abdulahi went to primary four to call Senior Dorcas. Senior Dorcas said Akorede has done the same thing to her before.
“I was told to inform my class teacher, Mrs Opeyemi, who took me to Mrs Adebisi, our HM and I was asked to recount the details of the incident.
“The Headmistress sent for Mr Akorede, I was in tears while I was narrating the incident while the Yoruba teacher was smiling.
“While I was going back to my class, master Ola told me that the Yoruba teacher did not mean anything. The headmaster took the matter to the school headquarters,” the victim stated.
Also speaking, the father of the victim, Vincent Fadunmade, she said it was a rude shock to him when he heard about it. He has been hearing such news in the news, but he doesn’t believe it not until it happened to his daughter.
“I proceeded to Offa road at the school headquarters to know what really happened. Initially fleeing on setting eyes on me, I asked the HM, Mrs Adebisi and the class teacher of what happened, but they could not give any reasonable explanation.
“While I was seriously angry, the school teacher said they should leave me alone if I refuse to calm down. I went straight to police headquarters to report the situation. While at the police station, a strange number was calling me. I later picked the call and the person introduced himself as the proprietor of the school telling me to leave everything to God. My daughter’s class teacher too was begging me while weeping over the phone.
“I wrote petitions to Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Kwara State governor, first lady, and other organisations. I called the Desk Officer of Quality Assurance Bureau of Kwara State Ministry of Education, Alhaji Jimoh Gazali and narrated everything to him.
“To cut it short, the school proprietor, Apostle Joshua Adekanye later connived with the Civil Defense to arrest me illegally for fighting for my daughter and I was detained at NSCDC custody.
“At the court, the allegations leveled against me were defended and I was granted bail. I had a bad experience over the matter. Because they said I am lying; they should go to court. I’m ready for them. If I am the one lying or they are the one lying, we shall see,” Fadunmade noted.
When contacted, the Proprietor of the school, Apostle Joshua Adekanye on the development he declined making any comment on the allegation.
“It happened last year. I don’t want to make any comments on the matter. Speak with my lawyer please,” Adekanye said.
When contacted, the lawyer representing the school, Olasehinde Adeseko, on the development, he said “I don’t want to say anything that will go against the course of the case especially when I’m participating in the proceedings. For now I may not be able to make any comment until after judgement the case has been slated for a ruling because we raised objections to the jurisdiction of the court, after that ruling, we can now talk about whatever is the outcome which I believe will favor us. The court is on vacation now. The court say they will communicate us.”
Also speaking, the lawyer of the victim’s family said, “we filed enforcement of fundamental human rights at the state High Court, my client is the claimant and we have two defendants, they are Apostle Joshua Adekanye and Commandant, Civil Defense Kwara State Command. Both of whom have filed notice preliminary objection against our case which we have filed responses. The case was heard and argument were taken in the court. We are awaiting the court ruling on the matter. Court said they will communicate the date to us.”