Police arrest Secondary School teacher in Ogun over alleged sexual assault - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Police arrest Secondary School teacher in Ogun over alleged sexual assault

The man in handcuff is the teacher

A secondary school teacher, simply identified as Olaniran Lateef Adewale, has been handed over to Police, over alleged sexual assaults.

The accused, until his arrest is a Mathematics teacher at Ebenezer Grammar School, Iberekodo, in  Abeokuta North local government area of Ogun State.

Olanira, a native of Ipokia local government of the State with OGNO.30650 of Ogun State Teaching Service Commission.

This was disclosed by the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Motunrayo Adijat Adeleye, on her X handle.

The Commissioner, who said a member of her team was contacted by one of the suspect's victim, said immediate action was taken to investigate the case.

She said, "On Saturday, a member of our team got a call from a young lady reporting that she has been raped by a man. We swung into action and located her, took her to the laboratory to run several tests before taking her to the police station to make a report.

"We thereafter went with Police to the accused home but after several knocks, he refused to open the gate. We were able to locate the brother to the house owner, who assisted us in gaining access to the compound. 

"We heard a girl’s cry for help when we got into the compound. With the support of the police, we caught Mr. Olaniran Lateef Adewale a Secondary School Mathematics teacher at Ebenezer Grammar School, Iberekodo, Abeokuta and a native of Ipokia Local Government of Ogun State with OGNO.30650 of Ogun State Teaching Service commission.

"The girl with him also accused him of forcibly having sexual intercourse with her and threatening to kill her if she does not ask her family to send him money. 

"Mr. Olaniran has been remanded at the Ogun State Command headquarters, pending the investigation by the police.

Meanwhile, the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has described rape as a criminal offence in the State, and urged rape victims to always report cases to the Ministry.

Abiodun in a post shared by his Special Assistance on New Media, Emmanuel Ojo, said, "we use this opportunity to encourage any one with useful information about this man to come forward and we also encourage rape victims to always report rape cases to the ministry.

"The victims will undergo counseling to help ease this unimaginable trauma.

"I want to assure you that the government and law enforcement agencies are committed to tackling this issue head-on and ensuring justice prevails.
"Our collective voice must resound in unison, condemning these acts and demanding justice for the victims. 

"Rape is a criminal offence with lasting scars on its survivors—physically, emotionally, and mentally. 

"No individual should experience such trauma or live in constant fear of becoming a victim. It is our responsibility to reaffirm the values of respect, empathy, and compassion towards one another.

"Our law enforcement agencies have intensified their efforts to investigate instances of sexual assault and apprehend the culprits. 

"Additionally, support and counselling services have been bolstered to provide guidance and assistance to survivors during their journey towards healing and recovery.
"However, as concerned citizens, we cannot stand idly by. We must actively promote awareness and educate our society about consent, personal boundaries, and the devastating consequences of sexual assault. By fostering a culture that values consent and respects individuals' autonomy, we can gradually eradicate this despicable behaviour from our society.
"Furthermore, I strongly urge everyone to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities or incidents related to rape promptly.

" Your cooperation and involvement are vital in helping the authorities take swift action and bring the perpetrators to justice.
"Together, we can create an environment where perpetrators of sexual assault are held accountable for their actions and victims are no longer silenced."

Confirming the incident, the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Omolola Odutola said, on the 4th of November, 2023, a case of suspected rape was reported by a Director in the Ministry of Women Affairs, Mrs. Kazeem Wonuola.

"She reported that one Lateef Olaniran, aged 40, of number 50, Ifelodun Street, Obantoko, Abeokuta and a teacher at Ebenezer Grammar School, Iberekodo, Abeokuta, was in the habit of luring innocent girls to his house after which he would unlawful canal knowledge of them". 

"Can you also imagine that the very day the police went after the suspect, he was met allegedly perpetrating the same evil act and it took the interventions of the police to rescue his victim".

"The Commissioner of Police, CP Alamutu Abiodun has zero tolerance for any case of sexual offenses. I can't even begin to list numbers of those cases that had been charged to court under his watch. We have been having lots of support too from Non Governmental Organizations that are into protection of rights of women". 

"Once the investigation is completed, definitely the suspect will pay for the crime".

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