The Federal government on Tuesday [Mar 21] set up a committee to investigate the alleged sexual assault of a JSS 2 female student of Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos by a male teacher in the secondary school. The investigation panel has two weeks within which to submit its report.
Mr. Olaseni Oshifala, a biology teacher at Queen’s College, was accused by a parent, Mrs. Chinenye Okoye, of making sexual advances at the girl by kissing and touching her private parts.
A statement by the Deputy Director, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Ben Goong, said:
Worried by the development, the Minister of State for Education Prof. Anthony Anwuka, constituted a five-man panel on Tuesday (yesterday), which he also dispatched immediately to the college. The panel, whose members’ identities were concealed by the minister, is to unravel the veracity of the allegations levelled against the teacher.
He charged members of the panel to do a thorough investigation to unravel the truth behind the allegations as well as make recommendations to government on how to deal with the situation based on the principles of truth, justice and fairness to all parties.
Anwuka also tasked the “parents, guardians, students and staff of Queen’s College who may have credible information on the matter to avail same to the committee via the following telephone number: 07034613096 and email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
He equally assured the public, particularly parents and guardians whose wards are in any of the federal government colleges, that their children are in safe hands and government would continue to do everything possible within the ambit of the law to protect their wards in all federal government schools across the country, including Queen’s College, Lagos.
He said: “Let me also use the opportunity to advise all parents to remain calm and avoid taking rash decisions that may affect their wards adversely.”
The Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of the school on Monday also set up a panel to look into the allegation of sexual assault in the college. Chairman of the association, Mrs. Beatrice Akhetuanen explained that there was need to thoroughly investigate the matter.