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Cleric, Adam Farouk Bags 8 Life Sentences For Defiling Pupils

An Ikeja Sexual offences and Domestic Violence Court on Tuesday sentenced a cleric, Adam Farouk, to octuple (eight) life imprisonments for defiling eight pupils in his class.

The pupils were aged from six to 11 years as at the time of the offence.

Justice Abiola Soladoye held that the prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt, the ingredients of the eight-count charge bordering on sexual assault by penetration.

Soladoye described the cleric as morally bankrupt and an embarrassment to the Islamic faith.

The judge said that the court did not fall for his lies.

According to her, evidence of the pupils were corroborated as they identified the cleric as their teacher who penetrated their vaginas with his index fingers.

Soladoye also held that evidence of the 10th prosecution witness, a midwife with Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF), Mrs Oluchi Nwoke-Okoi, revealed that the pupils had vaginal injuries.

The judge also held that the defendant asked the pupils to turn their backs while he defiled them one-by-one.

She said: ”The demeanour of the defendant is nothing to write home about, his stony face appears mischievous, he is extremely unkind and ruthless, fingering his students with his index fingers.

”What an Islamic teacher, who took undue advantage of poor students in Islam and messed around with their purity and dignity.

”He is meant to teach his students morals, discipline and values, but alas, the reverse is the case.

”The dignity and safety of our students must be cherished. Dirty Islamic teacher of his kind must be locked away and be made to pay for his dirty sexual indiscretions.”

The judge called on Lagos State Government to adequately monitor educational institutions.

She also urged Muslim communities to regularly visit Islamic schools unannounced and get feedback firsthand from students and parents on the activities and conducts of their teachers.

”The need for this can never be over-emphasised in view of the rampant scenes of this heinous crime.

”I salute the courage of the survivors for speaking up against the defendant without any fear of intimidation.

”Abused children are to be encouraged to speak up so that their assailants will be shamed and sanctioned accordingly.

”A teacher is a role model, setting the pace and leading by example as he is expected to impact knowledge and morals, but this defendant is nothing of such as he threw caution to the wind and messed around.

”Reviewing the testimonies of each of the prosecution witnesses and that of the sole defence witness, I am convinced beyond reasonable doubt that the prosecution has proved the case beyond reasonable doubt.

”The defendant is hereby convicted of all the charges and sentenced to life imprisonment on each of the eight counts, but the sentences shall run concurrently,” Soladoye said.

The judge also ordered that the convict should have his name written in the Sexual Offenders Register of Lagos State.

The prosecution presented 10 witnesses during the trial while the defendant testified as the only defence witness.

The prosecution submitted that the convict committed the offences from November 2018 to February 2019 on Balogun Street, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Sexual assault contravenes Section 261 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

(NAN)

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Idris, 21 Arraigned For Stealing Phone Accessories In Lagos Market

21 year old Idris Aderemi, accused of stealing phone accessories worth N1.78 million, appeared before an Ojo Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State on Friday.

On two counts of conspiracy and theft, the defendant—whose address was withheld—is being tried before Magistrate L J.K. Layeni.

He, however, entered a not guilty plea to the accusation.

The defendant committed the offenses on April 16, 2022, at the Fancy and Furniture Plaza, which is located in the Alaba International Market in Ojo, according to the prosecutor, Dr. Simon Uche

According to Uche, the defendant planned to take the phone accessories from Cap Link Communication Ltd. in the plaza with the help of a fugitive.

The accused offenses violate Sections 287 and 411 of the Lagos State Criminal Law of 2015.

Layeni set the defendant’s bail at N300,000 with two equal-sized sureties.

He set the trial date for February 15th.

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Bandits Storm Kaduna Community, Kill 5 Miners

Five miners were killed after bandits stormed a mining site in Hayin Udawa community, Chikun local government area of Kaduna killing.

The bandits stormed the site on Thursday afternoon where the victims were working.

According to a source, “Five of our local miners were killed on Wednesday while working in the bush. They were all from Udawa town.”

He added that others sustained gunshot injuries.

He stated that where the attack took place was not far from where bandits ambushed the personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), killing seven, as well as six miners a few weeks ago.

The State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Mohammed Jalige could not respond to calls put to him.

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Son Of Nasarawa Governor Is Dead

Abdullahi A. Sule, governor of Nasarawa State has lost his son, Alhaji Hassan AA Sule.

Hassan reportedly died on Friday morning after a brief illness.

Muhammed Alkali, Honourable member representing Lafia North Constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly who confirmed the Governor’s son’s death, described it as a “shocking” development.

The lawmaker said it is a colossal loss not only to Nasarawa State but the Nation at large.

“I share my deep condolences with His Excellency, Engr Abdullahi A. Sule, over the passing of his beloved son Alh. Hassan.

” I pray that Allah (SWT) grants him Aljanatul Firdaus and comfort his family” Alkali said.

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