A married 38-year-old Computer teacher in a secondary school in the Owutu area of Ikorodu, Lagos State, Cosmas Ubaja, has been arrested by the the police in the state forraping a 14-year-old girl several times, giving her various sums ranging between N30 to N100, as her reward, Punch reports.
It was gathered that Ubaja lured the girl identified only asVictoria, a Junior Secondary School Three (JJS 3), student of a public secondary school in the Owutu area, when she went to his shop to make photocopies after school hours and raped her the first time.
After the first time, Ubaja was said to have gone ahead to have carnal knowledge of the girl on several occasions in eight months.
Ubaja, it was gathered, runs a computer centre in the area and was contracted by the school to teach the junior pupils computer studies.
He was said to have given the girl the sum of N30 after the latest rape, which occurred on Wednesday, June 1, 2016.
A police source narrated that Ubaja crimes were uncovered when the girl complained to her mother that she had stomach pains and her menstrual cycle was affected.
“Ubaja is married with a son. He is not a worker of the state government. The school just arranged with him to be teaching the pupils computer studies since he has a computer centre.
He works on the school’s examination papers and answer sheets. The school is in a very quiet community. Pupils usually go to his centre to make photocopies and train with his computers.
The suspect had been raping the girl for months. He gave her between N30 and N100 each time. The girl kept the secret away from her parents.
But the last time he raped her, she complained to her mother that she was having stomach pains and her menstruation had stopped. She was then taken to a private hospital.
That was where it was discovered that she had been raped several times. The girl confessed that it was the computer instructor who raped her and he was arrested. He has also confessed to the crime.”
The case which was reported at the Owutu Police Division, was also reported to the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, (DSVRT), Alausa, which took the victim for a checkup at the Mirabel Centre, Ikeja, where it was confirmed that she had been sexually assaulted several times.
The DSVRT Coordinator, Lola Vivour-Adeniyi, said the matter had been transferred to the Gender Unit of the Lagos State Police Command.
“The matter got to our attention on Monday, June 20. The 14-year-old girl was raped by her computer teacher near the school’s premises.
The teacher and some individuals around the school initially pleaded with the girl’s parents not to report to the police. Fortunately, they rejected the plea.
The perpetrator is in police custody and the case has been transferred from the division to the Gender Unit at the police headquarters, Ikeja. The Directorate of Public Prosecutions has also requested the duplicate case file.”
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