2 year old gives graphic details in video testimony of how man allegedly raped her

A video of a two year, 11 month-old pupil of Chrisland School, Lekki, Lagos portraying her alleged serial sexual abuse and battery by the school’s supervisor was played today at the Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court.

The video was played during the testimony of Miss Olive Ogedengbe at the trial of Adegboyega Adenekan, 47, a Supervisor at Chrisland School over defilement of a child.

Proceedings lasted from 11a.m. to 3.03 p.m.

Ogedengbe, a clinical psychologist, is an expert in sexual and reproductive health behaviour in children and adolescents.
 She has over 10 years work experience with children and adolescents, the court heard.

The video recording (Exhibit A1), depicted the child, named Child X,  in the clinical psychologist’s office on Nov. 28, 2016 answering questions about the alleged defilement from Ogedengbe and her colleague.

Olive Ogedengbe, a clinical psychologist with Friedlich Consulting, narrated the outcome of her psychological evaluation sessions with the victim and her mother.

IMG_5859Chrisland School, where Child X was serially raped by school supervisor

Mr. Adegboyega, 47, was arraigned on January 29 before Sybil Nwaka of the Ikeja Division of the Lagos State High Court. He pleaded not guilty to a charge of defilement of a child.

“I’m here in respect of a child (name withheld) referred to me on account of sexual abuse – she was two years and 11 months old at the time, sometime in November 2016 – by the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team,” Ms. Ogedengbe, the prosecution’s second witness, began during her testimony.

“The mother walked into our office alongside her daughter. She was looking very depressed and unkempt and handed a referral letter over. I read the letter and the mother narrated her side of the story.

“She said that somebody in her church handed her a book on sexual education on children. She read it and decided to practice it on her child saying little did she know that her child had already been defiled. She said she took her child to the toilet and told her not to allow anybody touch her ‘wee wee’ and the child told her that Mr. Adenekan touches her ‘wee wee’.

Adenekan-Adegboyega-e1518471876792Two year-old child gives video testimony of serial rape by this man named Adegboyega Adenekan in Chrisland School

“The mother said she was shocked and is yet to get over it as at that moment. She further said that the child opened up to her that Mr. Adenekan usually takes her out of class and shows her some videos that were sexually stimulating. She pleaded with us to help correct her child’s psyche.”

The witness said after giving a session on human psychological groupings and the effects sexual abuse can have on the psychology of a child, she discovered that the victim’s intellectual capability was highly above average.

“She is more mentally matured than her physical age so I decided to carry out an independent psychological evaluation.

In the recording, Child X was given a sheet of paper and asked to draw the private part of Adenekan, which she did as well as another image with the ensuing questions.

Child X, referring to the other image said:”that is the hand he used to put in my wee wee.

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Ogedengbe: “Where is Mr Adenekan’s wee wee?”
Child X in response, pointed to her private area.

Ogedengbe: “Does he put his wee wee in your wee wee?”
Child X: “Yes.”

Child X in the recording, using a teddy bear as a puppet, also showed how the supervisor allegedly sexually abused her friend (name withheld).

Kissing the private region of the teddy bear, the child can be heard saying in the video recording “Your bum bum is delicious, your bum bum is sweet, I will eat your bum bum.”

Ogedengbe, before the video recording was played in the courtroom, in her testimony while being led by Mr Jide Boye, the Chief State Counsel, narrated to the court what had previously transpired during her interaction with the child.

She said:”the mother came into my office with a referral letter from the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) and narrated the story and she started crying.

“She (the mother) said she did not know the reason why this was happening to her.

“She said she was usually over protective of her children and follows them everywhere except school.

“She said somebody in her church handed her a book on sexual education for children which she read and decided to practice it on her child.

“That was when the child disclosed that she has been defiled.

“She told her mother that Mr Adenekan comes to take her out of the class and shows her some videos that are sexually stimulating.

“She pleaded with us to help to correct the psyche of her child.

“I carried out an independent psychological evaluation on the child. I asked the mother to sit at the corner of the room and myself and my colleague interacted with the child.

“We did not directly start interrogating the child as that was against the ethics of our profession.

“We started an initial interaction with the child to make her relax and gain her trust.

“When our trust was gained by the child and she was in a happy frame of mind, I asked the child:”who touched your wee wee?” and the child repeated on several times `Mr Adenekan’.

“I was shocked because I did not expect it from a child her age. I brought out my assessment sheet and I told the child to draw any person that comes to her mind.

“She restlessly started jumping around “Mr Adenekan is on my mind” we got her back to being settled but she continued talking without yet drawing.

“She (Child X) said “Mr Adenekan said it is good for a child to put her wee wee in Mr Adenekan’s wee wee” at that point in time we decided to do a recording to ensure her story remains consistent.

“We asked her how does Mr Adenekan’s wee wee look like and she demonstrated playfully by pointing her finger upwards stating “sharpener”.

“We asked sharpener or pencil? She stated `sharpener.’

We told her to draw Mr Adenekan’s wee wee. We want to see what it looks like.

“To my greatest shock and surprise, for a two-year-old child, she drew a picture which symbolises a reproductive organ of a man in the form of a penis.

“I then asked her, show me your wee wee, she pointed at her private part. I asked her to show me where Mr Adenekan’s wee wee is and she pointed at the lower region of her private part.

“By then the child was again getting very restless and she ran to her mother who was at the corner of the room.

“We still wanted to hear more but she was playfully running around and her mother started probing her: “Is it only you he comes around to take out of the class” and she replied no.

“The child said it was herself and her friend (name withheld) so her mother asked her to show us what he normally does with her friend.
”The child said he kisses her bum bum and he licks her bum bum, the child demonstrated by using a puppy in the room.

“That was the end of the first interview with the child.”

Ogedengbe during her lengthy testimony said from her evaluation, the mother and Child X needed psychological help.

She said:”Afterwards, I decided to confirm from the mother if the child was exhibiting any symptom of psychological abuse.

“I asked the mother if she observed any strange behaviour in the child and the mother said yes.

“I had asked because I noticed in the course of interacting with the child that the child was occasionally aggressive.

“The mother confirmed this and also stated that the child had sleep problems and had been having nightmares.
”She also complained of sexual inappropriate behaviour from the child and that after the incident the child became curious to see naked bodies of people.

“From my findings I found the child exhibited aggressive behaviour, inappropriate sexual behaviour, sleeping problems and fear.

“After the interaction, myself and my colleague realised that the child and mother needed help.

“The mother also exhibited signs of post-traumatic stress disorder.

“We decided to do an intervention and we held two more sessions of psycho-social intervention for the mother and the mother was counselled on how to help and assist the child.”

While being cross-examined by Mr Olatunde Adejuyigbe (SAN), Ogedengbe said that Child X was not tutored on what to say during the interview by either her or Child X’s mother.

“We used projective techniques in which a client projects their subconscious minds on paper.”

The clinical psychologist revealed to Adejuyigbe that she visited the mother of Child X’s friend who was also allegedly sexually assaulted by Adenekan.

“We saw the mother of the child’s friend but she was not willing to get involved in the case because of stigma,” she said.

Ogedengbe also added that she did not interview the staff of Chrisland School, Child X’s father and her older sister.
The clinical psychologist also insisted that the child was of above average intelligence.

“Children 0-5 years, are usually not able to form full sentences, the child could string meaningful sentences.

“In drawing a picture, most children her age do not draw meaningful drawings but she did.

“I have worked with children her age from diverse sections of society and she is of above average intelligence,” she said.

On re-examination by Boye, the prosecutor, Ogedengbe insisted that the child was not tutored.

“If a child is being brainwashed or tutored, the child won’t be consistent in answering several questions.

“You will see it in her non-verbal behaviour that she was tutored, there would be no flow of conversation, this child was not tutored,” the clinical psychologist said.

Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011 prescribes a life sentence for the offence of defilement of a child.

Justice Sybil Nwaka adjourned the case till March 21 for continuation of trial.

NAN

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