Lagos school proprietor caught sexually assaulting student

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The proprietor of Megland Comprehensive School, Lekki in Lagos State, Mr Emmanuel Madueke has been caught to have reportedly sexually harassed a Senior Secondary School student (names-withheld) of his school.

During an interrogation of the student, the victim disclosed that the 62 year old suspect, the proprietor of the school, had on May 26, 2021, which happened to be the school’s Children’s Day celebration, made advances towards her, kissed her on her lips but she was able to push him away and ran out of his office.

Following the act, the pupil was said to have distance herself from the proprietor.

Speaking on the incident, the Lagos State Government, through the State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, DSVRT, said the proprietor of the school has been arrested by the DSVRT.

According to Coordinator of the Lagos State DSVRT, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, the act contravenes the Child’s Rights law 2015 as well as the Criminal Law of Lagos State, particularly, sections 135, (Indecent treatment of a child) as well as 263, Sexual Assault.

Vivour-Adeniyi, explained that a team comprising officers of Office of Education Quality, Assurance, Ministry of Youth and Social Development and the DSVRT visited the school, based on the State Government’s Executive Order on Safeguarding and Child Protection Programme, 2016 and arrested the suspect.

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It was gathered that the alleged perpetrator had developed a cordial relationship with the student before perpetrating the heinous act.

According to Vivour-Adeniyi, further investigations revealed that the affected child may not be the only student to have fallen victim of sexual harassment in the hands of the alleged perpetrator.

It was further alleged that Mr Emmanuel Madueke tactically grooms the female students who become acquainted with him promising educational advancement as a reward.

Reacting to the allegations, the suspect claimed that his action was an innocent gesture on the student’s cheek.

Meantime, the team has however, reported the case to Ilasan Police Division with investigation ongoing by the Gender Desk Department of the Lagos State Police Command.

The state government has however, reiterated its commitment in ensuring protection of children from all forms of sexual and gender based violence warning that no form of sexual and gender based violence would be tolerated in the state.

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