The management of a popular private school in Enugu, the Citadel Group of Schools has suspended the female teacher who was alleged to have molested a three-old nursery pupil.
The Proprietress of the school, Lady Pat Aniakor said the school authority took the action to allow for full investigation and avoid any form of compromise in the cause of investigation
Lady Aniakor disclosed that the school is cooperating with the police in their investigation with a view to ascertaining the veracity of the allegation and vowed that if found culpable, the school authority will not shield her from prosecution.
A statement issued by the school reads:
“Being conscious of the enormous burden and social responsibilities placed on her shoulders by society, the government authorities and humanity in general, and being an institution of great repute that offers essential service to an important segment of the society to wit, to raise and mould the young generation and imbue in them with the requisite knowledge both in character and learning in moral and deep spirituality to be very responsible members of the human community…
“We wish to officially make our position known to the public with regards to the alleged molestation of the 3 year old child by a teacher in our school which some bloggers have since taken to the social media and has gone viral.
“It is therefore imperative on the school to update the general public point-blank with the facts of the matter as follows: the Matter is now under investigation by the School authority and the Nigerian Police with the view to ascertaining the veracity of the allegation and on this note, we have as a matter of our disciplinary policies, suspended the teacher allegedly fingered in the saga. This is to avoid any form of compromise in the cause of investigation.
“The school authority has vowed not to shield our teacher if after investigation, she is found complicit in the saga.
“Even though, the school authority has unearthed some external facts which seem to give clue to the facts that what happened to the little girl may be external, which we have forwarded to the Police in aid to their investigation, we don’t think it is necessary to state it here in other not to undermine the investigation by the police,” the statement reads.
The school therefore appealed to the general public particularly parents and intending parents to disregard and discountenance the negative narrative in the social media for being a one sided reportage and await the outcome of the Police investigation and the official position of the Enugu State Government on the matter.
“We reaffirm our commitment to the mental, moral and spiritual well-being of our children and no compromise on the task no matter the circumstances.”