A primary school teacher in Ado Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State, Kareem Akinyemi, is to spend the next seven years in prison after he was sentenced by an High Court for allegedly raping his nine-year-old pupil.
Handing down the sentence, presiding Judge, Olayemi Abodunde, noted that the prosecution had proven its case that Akinyemi actually defiled the girl after drugging her with a substance he put in a drink he gave her.
The State Counsel, Oyin Olatunbosun, had earlier told the court that the accused committed the offence at his residence at No. 45, Surulere Street, Ise-Ekiti.
Olatunbosun said that the accused, on the said date, unlawfully raped the nine-year-old girl, when her mother sent her to buy milk for her.
She said that the accused was a teacher at St. Stephen Primary School, Ise-Ekiti, and also the victim’s private home teacher, and after the assault, the girl experienced pains after urinating and confessed to her mother what her teacher did to her.
Condemning the act, Judge Abodunde berated Akinyemi:
“I am convinced that the prosecution has proved that the accused sexually abused and exploited the child. Teachers are supposed to be destiny helpers and shapers not destroyers.
I am of the view that the accused is guilty of sexually abusing and exploiting the nine-year-old girl. He is accordingly convicted and sentenced to seven years imprisonment. This would send a strong message across board that sexual offence against the child is not permitted.”