By Rebecca Ejifoma
The Lagos State Ministry of Youths and Social Development has said jurisdiction would not stop investigation into Queen’s College sexual harassment report.
This followed claims that school authorities were not cooperating on the case since it was blown open while the Ministry has pressed for the temporary removal of those concerned from the school premises.
Addressing journalists yesterday, the Commissioner, Ministry of Youths and Social, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, explained that although Queens College was a Federal school, it was located in the state, adding that the state had experienced uncooperative attitude of the school authorities and called for the temporary removal of those concerned in the issue, pending the outcome of the investigation.
“We, therefore, implore the Federal Ministry of Education to direct officials of the school to cooperate with state’s social workers in the best interest of the children. The state will not stand by and watch. It will always act in accordance with the Child Rights Act,” she assured.
She further noted that so long the school was in the state and the alleged act was perpetrated in the state, Queen’s College could not stop it from investigating the matter.
Meanwhile, after over 72 hours in Police custody, the accused Biology teacher, Mr. Olaseni Osifala, regained freedom, yesterday. Osifala, who was held at the Police Headquarters, Ikeja since Tuesday afternoon, was released on Thursday after a former Lagos State Deputy Governor intervened.
The politician was said to have been contacted for intervention by the school management.
On Tuesday, students, workers alongside residents took to the streets with placards in solidarity with the accused teacher, whom they declared as a man of proven integrity.
Even the school’s principal, Lami Amodu, released a statement, testifying in Osifala’s favour. According to her statement, the allegation was an attempt to ridicule, not just Olaseni, but also the hard-earned reputation of Queens College.
However, last Tuesday, the Lagos Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, invited the Principal and the accused teacher for questioning. Thereafter, Osifala was detained.
Worried over the allegation, Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwukah, constituted a panel to investigate the allegations.