School de­bunks sex­ual as­sault on Edo pupil

The Punch - - SOUTHERN -

THe man­age­ment of St. Thomas Aquinas School, benin City, edo State, has dis­missed the al­le­ga­tion that one of its teach­ers sex­u­ally mo­lested a pupil in the school.

The worker, iden­ti­fied as Kosi nwagu, and said to be a Chris­tian re­li­gious Knowl­edge teacher in the school lo­cated at eki Cres­cent in the Ikpobaokha Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state, was ac­cused of touch­ing the pri­mary five pupil in­ap­pro­pri­ately.

A user, one Kunle Ayo, who raised the alarm over the al­leged sex­ual molesta­tion on no­vem­ber 7, ac­cused the school of shield­ing the teacher, to cover up the act.

He said there were four other pupils touched im­prop­erly by the same teacher.

ef­forts by our cor­re­spon­dent to reach nwagu for com­ments were un­suc­cess­ful.

When con­tacted, the state Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, mr. Chidi nwabu­zor, said that he had yet re­ceived any com­plaints from any­one on the mat­ter.

“molesta­tion is a mi­nor case that the di­vi­sional po­lice of­fi­cer can han­dle. no, I have not got any re­port of such,” nwabu­zor said.

but the head­mistress of the school, mr Pre­cious Adu, told that the man­age­ment only re­ceived a com­plaint from a JSS1 stu­dent, who claimed to have been ha­rassed by the teacher.

Adu, how­ever, stated that pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed that the al­le­ga­tion was false.

The head­mistress said, “The pupil said that the teacher asked her to write, ‘I love you’ on piece of pa­per, af­ter she had a play-fight with her class­mate and he in­ter­vened. There was noth­ing like touch­ing.

“This is a Catholic school and we do our best to main­tain dis­ci­pline among staff and pupils. The school will not hes­i­tate to ter­mi­nate the ap­point­ment of any teacher found ha­rass­ing pupils.”

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