Adegboyega Adenekan, the Chrisland School Supervisor, who allegedly raped a two-year and 11-month pupil failed a polygraph test, an expert, Mr Adebayo Falola, told an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Special Offences Court on Wednesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Falola apart from being a Polygraph Expert, is a Security Consultant with the Halogen Security Company Ltd.
Led in evidence by Mr Babajide Boye, the Chief State Counsel, Falola disclosed that he had worked with Halogen Security Company Ltd for 15 years.
The polygraph expert in his lengthy testimony, said he was contacted from the United States by the father of the Chrisland pupil who enquired about his company’s polygraph services.
He noted that shortly after, the child’s mother came to his office for the test with her uncle as well as Adenekan, and representatives from the school.
“We conducted the polygraph examination on Nov. 15, 2016.
“Prior to that day, the child’s mother contacted us and told me that her daughter was molested by a teacher of the school and she wanted to conduct a polygraph on the teacher.
“The school authorities called me on Nov. 14, 2016 and I requested that that the alleged perpetrator, the mother and representatives give letters authorising Halogen to conduct the test.
“The next day, two school representatives, the alleged perpetrator and the mother came with an uncle of hers.
“We all sat together because I needed to know the scenario. I was told the perpetrator allegedly molested the child and the school representatives denied that it happened.
“Mr Adenekan said he needed to exonerate himself and said he would take the polygraph test and we all agreed that he should take the test.
“Only the examiner and the examinee are to be in the polygraph laboratory and consent form was signed by Adenekan and it said he was not threatened nor maltreated into taking the test.
“We don’t do polygraph tests for pregnant women, underage children, the elderly who are 70-years-old and people with specific ailments like hypertension and diabetes.
“There must be no pause and within 25 seconds, you must give an answer.
“I asked Adenekan if he was diabetic or hypertensive and he said no and added that his family had no history of the ailments.
“The result are in three stages which are deceptive, non deceptive and inconclusive.
“The outcome of this was minus nine which showed that Adenekan was deceptive to the case under investigation as at that time.”
Falola noted that his level of competency and accuracy for polygraph tests is 99.9 per cent adding that he sent the polygraph result to his clients via email.
During Falola’s testimony, Boye the prosecutor sought to tender the result of the polygraph test, consent form and polygraph charge sheet as evidence.
Mr Olatunde Adejuyigbe (SAN), defence counsel to Adenekan objected to the tendering of the documents.
He told the court that the polygraph evidence was not recognised under Nigerian law.
“The totality of this evidence is inadmissible according to Section 57 of the Evidence Act.
Justice Sybil Nwaka adjourned the case until Oct. 5 for ruling on whether the court will admit the documents as exhibits.
NAN reports that Adenekan who was arraigned on Jan. 29, pleaded not guilty to a charge of defilement of a child.
The prosecution alleges that Adenekan committed the offence sometime in November 2016 at Chrisland School, Victoria Garden City (VGC), Lagos.
According to the prosecution, the defendant defiled the complainant by having unlawful sexual intercourse with her.
The offence violates Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011 which recommends a life sentence for anyone convicted.