One Edwin Igbafe, an accused, in a bid to escape court proceedings, absconded from the court premises at the Ikeja Domestic Violence and Special Offences Court.
Naija News learnt that Mr Igbafe, a 31-year-old teacher, was been arraigned for defiling and impregnating his 16-year-old student (name withheld) in 2015.
He (Mr Igbafe) who had been granted bail by a magistrate court, was said to have stayed back instead of approaching the dock when the case was called.
I. Solarin, the State Prosecutor, who was visibly worried, told the court: “I saw Igbafe and his mother in court and even spoke with them before proceedings started.”
Mr Igbafe also didn’t provide any legal representation in court.
Following the development, an infuriated judge, Sybil Nwaka, ordered that the courthouse guards search for the runaway defendant.
Gbenga Alagbe, a member of the prosecution team, went out is search of Mr Igbafe and his mother while the judge stood down the case to hear other cases.
When Mr Alagbe returned, he informed the court that he had searched the courthouse and could not find the defendant.
The judge then revoked Mr Igbafe’s bail and issued a bench warrant for his arrest.
“In view of the absence of the defendant, a bench warrant is issued and his sureties must show cause.”
Naija News gathered that Mr Igbafe committed the offence sometime in September 2014 at No. 6, Adeola St., Ijesha, Surulere, Lagos.
He allegedly defiled his 16-year-old student and the alleged sexual encounter with the underage student resulted in a pregnancy.
The offence violated Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011 which attracts life imprisonment.
The case has been adjourned until May 15 for arraignment.