Pedophilia or paedophilia is a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children, generally age 11 years or younger.
Meanwhile, a 10-year-old primary four pupil has informed the
police how her health teacher, Adeniran Adebayo,
allegedly took advantage of her and defiled her inside
her school toilet. She said the teacher threatened to
flog her if she made any sound while he engaged her in
a sex game.
According to her, one of the female teachers in the
school heard her cry and rushed into the toilet, forcing
Adebayo, a father of two, to stop and he speedily
The incident, according report occurred at a private
school on Olateju Ilesanmi Street, Baruwa, Ipaja area of
Recounting the incident to a Lagos State Chief
Magistrate’s Court at Ebute Meta on Wednesday, the
Investigating Police Officer from the State Criminal
Investigation Department, Yaba, said the victim
repeated the account three different times.
“I interviewed the victim after the matter was brought to
the SCID. She said on the fateful day, she was in school
after the closing hours and was waiting for her younger
brother, who attended the same school, so they could
go back home together.
“While waiting, she decided to get busy with her
assignments. She said it was while she was doing the
assignment that the teacher came and said she should
“He then took her to a toilet within the school premises
and threatened to cane her if she screamed, unzipped
himself, undressed the pupil and made love to her.
“The girl said she was crying while this was on. It was
a female teacher, who was passing by that heard her
cry. The female teacher came closer to have a better
look and immediately the suspect saw her, he quickly
zipped up. The pupil said the female teacher told him
that being a teacher, he should never have taken
advantage of the girl.”
The police officer said after the victim repeatedly
recounted the story; he decided to call the supposed
“When I called her and interviewed her, she said she
didn’t see anything. I called the girl again, and she
narrated the same story to me,” he added.
The Chief Magistrate, O.O. Olatunji asked the defendant
if the story was true.
Adebayo said, “I am the health teacher of the school. I
married five years ago, and have two sons. There are
six male teachers in the school. On that day, I didn’t
call the girl. I only stood at the gate and asked her and
her brother to go home and that was all. I was
surprised that after four days, they came to my office
and arrested me. The toilet in question has never even
been used by anybody.”
The chief magistrate in his reaction said the account of
the suspect was not credible.
“Kids hardly lie, especially when they are between the
ages of six to 11. And that’s why I find it hard to
believe the account of the defendant. People like you
should not be in the society. If like you said there were
six male teachers in your school, why did she decide to
pick only you? It’s such a big shame,” he said.
Present in the court were the victim and her father. The
school management was not represented.
Earlier, the police prosecutor, Etim Nkankuk, had asked
the court to remand the suspect in prison pending the
release of legal advice from the Directorate of Public
Prosecutions. He said the crime was unfortunate
because it transpired within the school premises
“where the character of the victim was supposed to be
developed and built.” He added that the victim
sustained injuries in the course of the act.
The defence counsel, Olaitan Olabode, had insisted that
the alleged offence was bailable.
In his rulling, Olatunji said, “The defendant is granted
bail in the sum of N300,000 with two sureties in like
sum. The sureties should also deposit the sum of
N50,000 into the account of the Chief Registrar. One of
the sureties must be a blood relation of the defendant.
The case file should hastily be duplicated for legal
advice from the DPP. Meanwhile, the defendant is
ordered to be remanded in prison, pending the
perfection of his bail terms.”