Deeper Life gives update on molested schoolboy

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Education authorities at Deeper Life Bible Church, owners of Deeper Life High School have given updates on the ongoing controversy of alleged molestation of one of its students in its school in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom.

It pledged not to cover up any immoral act in the ongoing case.

A parent at the school, Mrs Deborah Okezie, had said some senior pupils molested her 11-year-old son, Don Davis, by pushing their hands and legs into his anus and threatened to kill him if he reported to anyone.

Okezie earlier in the week alleged intimidation by senior government officials with Akwa Ibom State government.

#JusticeForDonDavis has since been trending on social media with many Nigerians calling for justice to be served on the matter.

In a statement on Tuesday evening, Thelma Malaka, education secretary at Deeper Life, said the church and school management remain committed to unearthing the truth.

Malaka also said the Akwa Ibom state government has taken over investigation into the matter to “ensure neutrality and dispassionate outcome.”

According to her, the earlier suspension of Solomon Ndidi, principal of the school where the incident happened, was indicative of the church management’s quest to bring the perpetrators to book.

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She said, “Permit me to remind you that the Office of the Governor of Akwa Ibom State has taken over the investigation of the matter to ensure neutrality and a dispassionate outcome.

“We appreciate the concerted efforts of everyone who has shown support in the investigation thus far. We reiterate that we will be transparent and that justice will not only be served, it will be seen by all that it has been served.

“Recall that we had earlier suspended the principal of the affected campus and initiated an investigation into the matter. We decided to restrain ourselves from further comments after the first update because we thought it is sub judice to comment on a matter currently under investigation.

“However, considering the potential impact of this issue, especially on what we stand for, we are compelled to provide an earlier update before the final report by the government.

“The panel has sat and we have presented staff members and students of our school who have been mentioned in this particular case all through the period of the investigation.”

Malaka further said there was no attempt to cover up the matter and enjoined the public to be on the lookout for the outcome of the findings.

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“Deeper Life High School stands on the core value of integrity and uprightness and will not attempt to cover up any immoral act under any guise.

“We enjoin the public to be on the lookout for the final report as will be released by the appropriate authority soon. We believe that the government will share the final report once the investigation is completed,” she said.

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