Isaac Ikiabeke, a 52-year-old teacher and proprietor of Brighter Glory School, located on Etunrere Street, in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State has been arrested by officials of the state Police Command for sexually assaulting a five-year-old pupil after school hours.
The victim, identified as Pat (pseudonym), revealed that Ikiabeke who is a father of three had allegedly raped her more than 10 times but she kept it to herself for fear of being battered by the rapist.
She said, “He has been doing it for some time. He has done it more than 10 times. I am not the only one. He does it with some of us after school hours. I could not tell anybody because he said if I did he would beat me.”
Ikiabeke’s brutality on the minor came to fore after one of the victim’s classmates called the attention of her grandfather who eventually realised the teacher’s atrocities.
He said, “Pat and her younger sister stay with me and they attend the school. I never suspected anything initially, except that I observed she would be holding her belly and turning on the bed and when I asked her what happened, she would say she was having stomach ache.
“It was one of her classmates that told me what the school owner had been doing to her and I quickly went to report at the station, after which he was arrested.”
The matter was brought to the attention of the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender.
Meanwhile, a source from the police disclosed that the force got complaints from two victims, one of which was a three-year-old pupil, who was equally raped by the suspect and is in a critical condition in a hospital.
He said, “There were actually two pupils that we were told he raped. The atrocity had been going on for a long time before he was arrested.”
The police on Monday, June 22, 2015 arraigned Ikiabeke before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court on one count of unlawful sexual intercourse.
The charge read, “That you, Isaac Ikiabeke, on June 9, 2015, at about 3pm, at Brighter Glory School, Etunrere Street, Ikorodu, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did have unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, (name withheld) aged five years and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 258 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.”
Ikiabeke pleaded not guilty and elected summary trial where he was represented by two counsel, Marcus Imoudu and Kola Afolayan.
Also in court were A.O. Komolafe and B.N. Ameh of the OPD, who held brief for the complainant, according to Punch.
Imoudu prayed the court to admit the defendant to bail in liberal terms but the police prosecutor, Cyril Ejiofor, of the State Department of Criminal Investigation , objected to the bail application.
He said, “While I agree that bail is at the discretion of the court, I oppose the bail application of the defence counsel. He has not given any cogent reason to the court for which the defendant should be granted bail.
“The charge before the court is punishable by life imprisonment. And although we don’t want to go into proof of evidence, I want the court to take cognisance of the fact that two minors are involved in the substantive charge.
“This is a vice that is affecting society. I want the court to look at the interest of the state in granting bail to the defendant.”
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. A.O. Soladoye, in her ruling, said the offence was bailable and admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N1million with two sureties in like sum.
She said, “One of the sureties must be a school proprietor or proprietress, while the second surety must be a serving civil servant of Grade Level 17.”
The case was adjourned till Monday, August 10, 2015 for further mention.