Deeper Life suspends principal over alleged pupil’s molestation

The management of the Deeper Life High School on Monday suspended the principal of the school in Akwa Ibom State, Solomon Ndidi, over the alleged molestation of one of the pupils.

The mother of the Junior Secondary School one pupil, Deborah Okezie, had in a Facebook video alleged that her son was starved, as well as molested by some senior pupils of the school.

Okezie, who demanded justice for her son, said she had gone to the school sometime last month and saw that her son was a shadow of himself.

Okezie noted that after much enquiry from her son, he alleged that the principal of the school moved him to the senior pupils’ hostel for urinating on his bed, adding that the senior pupils molested him by pushing their hands and legs into his anus and threatened to kill him if he reported to the principal or his mother.

The mother noted that when she reported to the principal, he promised to move the 11-year-old boy back to the junior hostel but reportedly failed to do so.

However, the school management in a statement on Monday said an investigation had been initiated into the matter.

The statement reads in part, “We want to assure the general public that investigations into the case have commenced and no culprits, whether staff of students, will be spared if found culpable at the end of the exercise. As an interim measure and to underscore the seriousness we attach to higher superintending values, the school principal has been suspended summarily even as further investigations continue.

“We firmly assure the discerning public that the overall outcome of the investigations will be made known and appropriate disciplinary actions will be meted to all culprits in this unfortunate act that admittedly threatens to cast unnecessary aspersions on a unique institution that has been a shining example to all over the years.”

Recall that the state governor, Udom Emmanuel, had also ordered the state Commissioner for Education, Dr Enobong Mboho, to probe the alleged abuse.



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