The Nigeria Police Force in Lagos State on Tuesday arraigned four teachers of Chrisland School Lagos before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ court in Lagos for allegedly concealing a s3x tape of a pupil.
The police charged Oladotun Sotunde, 56; Elesho Tajudeen, 32; Rhoda Olanipekun, 45; and Ajigboye Hammed, 41, with two counts of conspiracy and attempting to pervert justice.
They, however, pleaded not guilty.
The police officer in charge of the legal department at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) Panti, Yetunde Cardoso, appeared with Augustine Nwabuisi for the prosecution.
Mrs Cardoso said that the defendants committed the offence on April 25, at Chrisland School, in Victoria Garden City, Idimu, Lagos.
She said that the defendants were asked to chaperone the pupils to Dubai for a world school games, where some of the pupils engaged in indecent sexual acts.
The prosecutor stated that after a 10-year-old pupil made a sex tape of the indecent sexual act, the teachers conspired to conceal it.
She stated that the teachers allegedly obstructed the course of justice by hiding the indecent acts of the pupils’ s3x tape before it later went viral.
The offence, she said, contravene the provisions of 411 and 97 (1) (3) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised); wherein Section 97 provides for seven years imprisonment for the offence of attempting to pervert justice while Section 411 provides two years for conspiracy.
Chief Magistrate Adeola Adedayo, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N300,000 each with three sureties each in like sum.
She held that the sureties must submit copies of their National Identification Number (NIN), and their Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) card.
She further directed that one of the sureties must be a land owner, but all of them must be residing within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed with evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos state government.
Mrs Adebayo ruled that the case file be duplicated and sent to the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice, and adjourned the case until June 13 for mention.