Deeper Life High School on Tuesday opened up on the alleged sexual molestation and starvation of a JSS1 pupil, Don Davis, by senior students at its campus in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
The school’s Education Secretary, Mrs. Thelma Malaka, said in a video posted on Twitter that the matter was being investigated.
She promised that justice would be done and “seen by all to have been done” in the matter, which sparked outrage on social and traditional media after the pupil’s mother raised the alarm in a Facebook video.
Malaka said the authorities of the school, owed by Deeper Life Bible Church, had refrained from responding hastily to the matter as it had been taken over by Akwa In State Governor, Udom Emmanuel.
She said they also believed that making public comments ahead of the conclusion of investigation would prejudice the outcome of the probe.
She said the school went ahead to suspend the principal of the Uyo campus in order to allow for an unfettered enquiry into the matter.
She debunked insinuations if an attempt to cover up the matter and promised that the outcome of the investigation would be made available to all Nigerians.
Anger over the matter rose after the boy’s mother narrated how she and her son were shabbily treated by the principal and parents of some of the alleged culprits.
The mother said that the father of one of the culprits even rolled out his belt from his pants and attempted to flog her and her son.
Nigerians have strongly demanded appropriate punishment for all those involved in the matter.
Some even suggested that the school should be closed down to serve as a strong deterrent.
The state government had also pledged to look into the matter with all seriousness in order to prevent a reoccurrence and to reassure parents about its commitment to child education and welfare.
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