A 35-year-old primary school teacher, Ndubuisi Chukwu, was on Wednesday arraigned in an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for alleged sexual assault of a six-year-old.
The accused, a resident of Kojola, Ojodu-Berger area of Lagos State, was arraigned on a one-count charge of attempt to commit rape and sexual assault by penetration.
According to the prosecutor, Lucky Ihiehie, the complainant and mother of the victim came to the Ketu Police Station in company with the victim to report the incident.
He said the complainant came with a referral letter from Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Team at Alausa and reported that the accused had been sexually assaulting her daughter since June.
Ihiehie said the complainant told the police that the accused again recently attempted to rape her daughter, a primary two pupil, by forcefully trying to insert his manhood into her vagina.
“The complainant said that her daughter came back home on that fateful day complaining of pains in her private part.
“When the mother asked her if anyone touched her there, she said the accused called her into the fine arts room after the close of school and told her to remove her pant.
“She said the girl told her that the accused has been doing that to her and then he would bring out his manhood and rub it on her private part and then clean her up afterwards,” he said.The offences, he said, contravened Section 260 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Mr. Chukwu, however, pleaded not guilty.
The counsel to the accused, Stanley Ughe, prayed the court to grant his client bail on liberal terms.
He said the accused has been a teacher in the school located at Omole phase 2, Ogba, for about 10 years and had never been associated with such an incident.
The Magistrate, O. Sule-Amzat, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
One of the sureties, she said, must be a blood relation and must provide evidence of tax payments.
Ms. Sule-Amzat ordered that both sureties must deposit N50, 000 each into the Chief Registrar’s account and must be gainfully employed in a reputable and duly registered limited liability company.
The case was adjourned till November 3 for mention.