By Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia
Shepherds International College, Nursery and Primary School, Akwanga, the headquarters of Akwanga local government area of Nasarawa state has expelled its staff over alleged child molestation in the primary section of the school.
A statement signed by the principal of the college, Mr. Peter Adoga-Adoga and made available to our correspondent in Lafia, Thursday, said a case of rape that was reported in one of the national dailies not (Apex News) did not happened in the college, but Government Secondary School Ube in Akwanga local government area close to Mopol barrack, Akwanga.
He said that the incident of child molestation happened in the primary section.
He disclosed that the staff in question was expelled on May 14, 2021 and the matter is before the Criminal Investigation Department, Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital, adding that the incident occurred in one of the secondary school in Akwanga local government area of the state.
The statement, which reads in part, said: “Our attention has been drawn to information being circulated in the media about a rape case in shepherd’s International College, Akwanga.
We wish to use this medium to set the record straight. First, the case referred involving one Mr Ndam Atiku, where the school is mentioned was not a case of rape, but a case of molestation as captured on the headline and the body of the story.”
According to the statement, the incidence did not happen at the College, but at the Primary school, where the staff was relieved of his duties immediately.
The case is already before the State Criminal Investigation Department and being investigated.
The statement further added that the minor mentioned in the story was not a person involved in the incidence, neither were her parents those that reported to the NGO.
She heard the story, informed her parents, who brought it to the notice of the school, which triggered the investigation by the school and subsequent disciplinary action on the staff.
“We would like the general public to know that Shepherd’s International College and Shepherd’s Nursery and Primary School do not tolerate any acts of indiscipline or child molestation,” he added.