There was wild jubilation at the Ogba Magistrate Court in Lagos state today May 19, after a teacher at the Methodist Girls’ High School, Yaba, Lagos, Adewale Bakare, who was earlier remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Kirikiri, for alleged sexual abuse of a nine-year-old girl was granted bail.
The 48-year-old teacher was accused of sexual abuse by the father of his pupil, Adebisi Arewa. Mr. Bakare however denied the allegation.
Mr Arewa, an associate professor at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in Lagos had previously accused five teachers from the University of Lagos Women Society Nursery and Primary School, Akoka, and a driver, Abiodun Matthew of similar offenses leading to Mr. Matthew’s life sentence in February by a sexual offenses court.
After challenging the case in court, Bakare was granted bail and was released today after he fulfilled his bail condition. The news elicited jubilation from a crowd who had gathered at the court premises.
Immediately Mr. Bakare came out of the Kirikiri Maximum facility, the jubilant crowd lifted him on their shoulders and sang praise songs, before the teacher was taken away by his family.
The crowd which included several activists also displayed placards, with the inscriptions on them reading, “False Accusation is a Crime,” “Rescue the “Arewa Girls,” Justice for Adewale Bakare,” “Protect Our Children,” and “No to Weaponised Rape Allegations.”
Speaking to journalists, Bakare who has been a teacher for 21 years, denied the allegations against him.