Clear indications have emerged that the two teachers of Nazareth College, Ibowon, Epe, Lagos, who were accused of defiling and infecting more than 20 female students of the secondary school with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have bolted.
According to a Saturday Telegraph’s Investigations, the accused individuals who teach Yoruba Language and Mathematics have been on the run since the report of their alleged misdemeanour appeared in the media.
The Deputy Governor pf Lagos state, Dr Idiat Adebule, yesterday met with some of the victims, who were conveyed to her office by the officials of the Education District III in the state.
The students waited in the office of the deputy governor till about 5pm yesterday waiting to meet Dr Adebule for an undisclosed reason. The students, who were in their uniforms of green and white for the junior school students and pink and white for those in the senior classes, appeared in sad look as they waited patiently for the deputy governor to engage them in a discussion.
According to an official of the Lagos State Government who pleaded anonymity craved anonymity, it was been said that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has been worried by the development taking into consideration the series of negative reports emerging from the state’s education sector in recent time.
The source further said since the issue was reported to the government by some parents through the office of the Lagos State Education District III comprising the four zones of Epe, Eti-Osa, Ibeju-Lekki and Lagos Island, government had ordered that the two teachers resume on daily basis to the district’s office on 123, Awolowo Road, Falomo, Ikoyi.
But then the source who is also an official of the Lagos State Government noted that since the media got hold of the news, the accused had stopped reporting to the office and were neither found in the school.
However, he informed that the governor has requested security operatives have been deployed to ensure their arrest wherever they might be hiding.
The Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team had intervened also into the matter. They had visited the school on Friday, June 30, and took some of the students to its office where their medical examination was facilitated.
However contrary to claims that the two accused teachers have bolted, a resident of Ibowon community reported to Saturday Telegraph that two of the two teachers were seen walking together on Thursday night.
The source also added.
“Government cannot tell us that they have run away. In fact, they passed the front of my house on Thursday night at about 8pm. What we are after is that justice must be served because we can no longer understand what they are turning the training of our children to.
“You can imagine that this Ibowon town is just about two kilometres to Igbonla where six children were kidnapped from the Lagos State Model Colleges.
Till date, we are yet to know the whereabouts of those children. Now those who are not kidnapped are being abused by the teachers who are saddled with the responsibility of taking care of them.”
Coincidentally, Mr Michael Alogba- Olukoya who happens to be the National President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), hails from the same Ibowon community. He also promised to investigate the allegation against the teachers.
Olukoya said he was shocked on hearing the news. He promised that his organisation would join hands with relevant security agencies to get to the root of the matter.