QueensCollegeGate: Why I Am Unwilling To Come Out – Mother of “Molested” Student

…PTA to probe sexual harassment claim against teacher

The Lagos State government is yet to wade into the allegation of sexual molestation, leveled against Olaseni Osifala, a teacher at Queens’ College, Yaba. Osifala is alleged to have sexually harassed and molested a JSS2 schoolgirl.

According to NewsroomNG, the mother of the alleged victim is, at the moment, unwilling to report the case to the police.

“The mother said she’s unwilling to report the case to the police at the moment”, an official of Lagos State’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) told us on Monday.

“She said they are going to take a decision as a family to determine whether or not to report the case.

“We reached out to her on Saturday. We don’t know her. We didn’t meet her in person. The same way you saw the news on social media was how we heard of it as well.

“We were given the mother’s email address and we sent her an email. She replied us saying she wasn’t willing at the moment to report to the police.

“The case is for the police to investigate. We are writing to the office of the commissioner of police to investigate the case.”

DSVRT had indicated interest in taking up the case after allegations of the alleged abuse surfaced online. That was why team reached out to the girl’s family via email.

Nigerians now wait for the family of the alleged victim to take a decision on making a formal complaint to the police.

In a related development, the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), of Queens College, Lagos said on Monday that it had set up panel to investigate alleged sexual harassment in the school.
Chairman of the PTA, Mrs Beatrice Akhetuanen, told a news conference that the panel would be working with the Police Station in Sabo, Yaba to investigate the teacher said to be perpetrating the act.

According to online report, the teacher is said to have sexually harassed a JSS II student of the school.

The report claimed the teacher was usually drunk, and started molesting the girl who screamed and was rescued by some of the girls, booing him.

The student’s mother alleged that she reported the case to the House Mistress who confirmed the teacher was in the habit of doing such and there was nothing anyone could do to him.

She alleged that the case was also reported to the Vice Principal but she said the teacher would not be allowed to leave the school that instead, her daughter would leave.

Akhetuanen said no parent had reported any sexual harassment to the principal or vice principal and that the teacher was not living in the school.

The PTA chairman, however, pleaded with the aggrieved parent to come forth so that the case could be looked into.
”The so-called parent has not shown herself, all efforts to get her has proved abortive.

“When I tried calling the number I saw on the report, she did not pick her call”, she said.

Earlier, the SSS III students were seen protesting, saying that the accused had been set up by someone and was unjustly accused.

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