Court Adjourns Ex-UNILAG Lecturer's Rape Trial Till November 21 For Adoption Of Final Addresses

Published 1 week ago by: success Xenab
at 10:34 PM, 10/10/2019 (1 week ago)

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Justice Josephine Oyefeso of an Ikeja High Court on Thursday fixed November 21 for the adoption of final written addresses in the ongoing criminal trial of a former lecturer of
University of Lagos, Akoka (UNILAG), Afeez Baruwa.

The date was fixed Thursday after the defence counsel, Ms Taiwo Makinde, informed the court that they had just served the prosecution a copy of their final written addresses.
Baruwa is standing trial on a charge of molesting an 18-year-old admission seeker (name withheld) in his former office at UNILAG.

The ex-lecturer committed an offence contrary to Section 258 of the Criminal Law of Justice, Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

The defendant was a former part-time lecturer in the Department of Accounting in the university when he allegedly committed the offence.

While addressing the court, the prosecuting counsel, Mr O. A. Azeez, told the court that the prosecution needed time to respond to the final written address of the defence.
According to Azeez, the former lecturer allegedly raped the victim at 9.25 a.m. on July 23, 2015 in Room 8 at the Faculty of Business Administration Annex building, UNILAG.
“Baruwa, who was a friend of the complainant’s father, was requested by him to help his daughter secure admission into the institution.

“The alleged rape occurred when the girl came into Baruwa’s office to make arrangements for her admission into the university.
“UNILAG authority has, however, put up a disclaimer in respect of the lecturer,” he said.

Meanwhile, four prosecution witnesses have testified against the defendant in the course of trial; including the complainant, her father, a medical doctor and the investigating police officer.

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DMG17 at 06:05 AM, 11/10/2019 (1 week ago)
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This is what happens in a society where you have irresponsible and none-responsive government.

In all honesty, this issue does not apply to female students alone. Male students are faced with the same issue.

At the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, a similar thing happened to me. I went to a lecturer to resit my exam which by the law of the University I was entitled to do so.

He, the lecturer, said "Go and bring ₦800.00 and forget about the exam, your coursemates are doing the same" I refused his offer based on my orientation, principle and religious belief.

I went back to him several times and pleaded with him to allow me to resit my exam, he said the same thing "Go and bring the money" I quit the University of Uyo and took the issue to the Lord God Almighty in prayer. By the special grace of God, today I hold two Bachelor's degrees and a Master's degree from European Universities.

I don't believe that the University environment should be a commercial center. The University is a place where we acquire knowledge to face the challenges of whatever profession we choose to make a living and create a career.

Lecturers should stop frustrating innocent students. It is a sin against the Almighty God, and inhumane to a fellow human being.

I know a lot of senators in the house of representatives who bought their degrees from different Nigerian universities, and most of them never attended a single lecture for a day. This is wrong and shameful.

Self-deceit is a disease and the worse that can happen to any human being.
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scottchris at 09:39 AM, 11/10/2019 (1 week ago)
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Lets see how the judgement plays out...we are waiting

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