Lagos State Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, on Monday, jailed a lesson teacher, Joseph Ibanga, for life for defiling and impregnating a 14-year-old pupil.
The offence punishable under Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, which stipulates life imprisonment for offenders.
The prosecution brought three witnesses at the trial, while the defendant, who spoke in his own defence, had no witness.
The prosecution team, including Olusola Soneye, Olufunke Adegoke, and Abimbola Abolade, told the court that the defendant committed the offence between January and March 2019 at No.12, Iresi Street, Orile-Agege, Lagos.
The prosecution submitted that the defendant was a lesson teacher, who taught the survivor, who was not going to school, at home “for a long time due to slow learning.”
The prosecution added that the defendant raped the minor in her aunt’s apartment whenever he went to teach her.
He eventually impregnated her and she had a baby.
Justice Abiola Soladoye, in her judgement, said the prosecution proved the charge of defilement against the convict.
Soladoye said, “The survivor was a minor and her consent is immaterial. The evidence before the court showed that the defendant had sex with the victim in her home and in the defendant’s own matrimonial home. She subsequently became pregnant and had a baby.
“The medical report corroborated the evidence against the defendant. The defendant is responsible for the act and there is evidence before the court to prove same.
“The survivor identified the defendant as her lesson teacher and the person who had sexual intercourse with her without her consent.
“The defendant is very ungrateful and wicked, ravished the student with impunity and taught her nonsense. Ibanga has brought ridicule to the teaching profession and this punishment will serve as a lesson to him and warning to others.
“The defendant is hereby found guilty as charged based on the avalanche of evidence against him, and he is sentenced to life imprisonment.”
Justice Soladoye also ordered that the convict’s name be entered into the register of sexual offenders in Lagos State.