Ex-UNILAG Lecturer’s Rape Trial: Court Adjourns For Adoption Of Written Addresses

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Justice Josephine Oyefeso of an Ikeja High Court has fixed November 21 for the adoption of final written addresses in the ongoing rape trial of Afeez Baruwa, a former lecturer of the University of Lagos (UNILAG).

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the date was fixed after the Defence Counsel, Taiwo Makinde, informed the court that the defence had just served the prosecution a copy of their final written addresses.

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Prosecuting Counsel, O. A. Azeez, in his reaction informed the court that the prosecution needed time to respond to the final written address of the defence.

Baruwa, a married father of two, is facing charge of rape, contrary to Section 258 of the Criminal Law of Justice, Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

The former part-time lecturer in the Department of Accounting at UNILAG, is on trial for allegedly raping an 18-year-old admission seeker within the premises of UNILAG.

He was alleged to have raped the complainant at 9.25 a.m. on July 23, 2015 in Room 8 at the Faculty of Business Administration Annex building.

A friend of the complainant’s father, he was requested by him to help his daughter secure admission into the institution.

The alleged rape occurred when the complainant went to Baruwa’s office to make arrangements for her admission into the university.

UNILAG has, however, put up a disclaimer in respect of the lecturer, with four prosecution witnesses testifying during the trial.

The four prosecution witnesses include the complainant, her father, a medical doctor and the investigating police officer.

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On January 23, 2018, the prosecution closed its case against the former lecturer, who testified solely in his defence on May 31, claiming that he had consensual sexual intercourse with the complainant.

In his evidence, he claimed the complainant was his girlfriend and that she had seduced him in his office on the day the alleged crime was committed.

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