The long arms of the law has finally caught up with a 28-year-old teacher, Idowu Daniel, who teaches Computer Science at the Anatasia Comprehensive College in the Abule-Egba area of Lagos state.
Teacher Idowu was arrested by men of the Lagos state police command for allegedly raping one of his female students inside the school’s biology laboratory.
It was gathered that Daniel first made sexual advances at the victim on Thursday June 27th when he asked her to come to the laboratory where he told her that she failed the Computer and Mathematics examinations and promised to increase her marks if she had sex with him.
In addition, he made sexual overtures at her and even fondled her breasts.
The victim said she stormed out of the laboratory in anger.
However, the next day Friday June 28th, Daniel again ordered the victim to come to the laboratory.
There he locked the door and allegedly had sex with her forcefully. Three days later, Daniel allegedly called for her to come and see him in the laboratory. There he demanded for sex again.
The victim reported the matter to the school principal and he was arrested by men of the Isokoko division, Agege, Lagos.
Narrating what happened to the police, the victim said
“On Thursday June 27, 2019, my computer science teacher sent a pupil to me to bring my note to the biology lab. As he was marking the note, he stopped and started pressing my breasts. I told him I didn’t like it and he asked me to go.
“On Friday, he sent another pupil to me that I should bring my note to the lab. When I got there, he stood up and closed the door. I asked him why he locked the door, but he did not say anything. He went back to his seat and started marking my note. Before I knew what was happening, he grabbed me from the back.
He covered my mouth and raped me. He then asked me to go. On Monday, he asked me to bring my computer science note again to the chemistry lab. He said if I allowed him to have sex with me again, he would increase my marks in both mathematics and computer science exams. He said I did not perform well in his subject. I told him that I was not interested.”
The victim told the police that Daniel threatened to deal with her if she ever reported him to the police. She however summoned up courage and informed the principal of all that has been happening to her.
The suspect however denied having sex with her. He claimed he only fondled her breasts. According to him, a male student named Samuel had initially reported her to him with claims that she exposed her breasts to male students in class.
“While I was at the principal’s office, showing the principal the reshuffled examination timetable, she came for the marking of her note. I said I was busy and she waited for me outside. As I was going to the staff room, she walked up to me and presented her book for marking. I stopped by at the biology laboratory to mark it and I asked her about what Samuel told me. She initially kept mute. When I said I would report her to her parents, she confirmed that what the boy told me was true.
I sent for her the next day and she came. I tried to have sex with her but I couldn’t penetrate. I asked her whether she was a virgin and she said yes. I felt for her being a virgin and I stopped. I was at home when policemen came to ask for me. They took me to the school and accused me of rape. I accepted that I touched her breasts, but I didn’t rape her.” he said
Daniel has since been charged to court by the police. The charge sheet filed before an Ogba Magistrates’ Court, reads
“That you, Idowu Daniel, on June 27, 2019, at 9.25 am in the Biology lab, at Anatasia Comprehensive College, Abule-Egba, Lagos State, in the Ikeja Magisterial District, did unlawfully defile a 17-year-old girl by inserting your penis into her vagina, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015,”
The case has been adjourned till October 21st 2019.