Deeper Life Saga: Davis Recounts Tales At Deeper Life High School, Identifies Abusers

Don Davis, the 11-year-old student of Deeper Life High School, Uyo Campus, who was allegedly molested by senior students of the school has disclosed names of his abusers

HumAngle had earlier reported how the JSS 1 student of the school was sexually abused after being moved by the school principal to a hostel filled by senior students because of bedwetting

“They will remove his boxer and push their legs and hands into his anus,” Deborah Okezie, Davis’ mother had alleged in a viral video.

“Look at a child I sent to school, he came back with a broken anus.”

“People who have children in boarding school don’t know what these children go through. Boarding schools of these days are not like the boarding school of those days.”

In another clip released earlier Saturday, Davis relayed his experience in the hands of the senior students who he identified as Ola and Shalom.

He said the senior students assaulted him by inserting their hands into his anus whenever others were sleeping.

In the 45-minutes live facebook session which was moderated by his mother, Davis said he could not report to the school authorities because his abusers who are both in senior secondary school one (SSI) threatened to kill him.

“They transferred me from JSS1 dormitory to SS1 because I bed-wet,” he said.

“There were two boys there, Ola and Shalom; they put their hands in my anus, brought out faeces from there. It made me feel somehow and they used the hands to beat me.”

“They asked me to bend (over) so they could put their hands in my anus. They did it by 12 am when everybody was sleeping.”

“They told me not to tell anybody or they would kill me so I never reported it. The housemaster didn’t know they did this; he would be asleep. If I had told the vice principal, they would have killed me.”

Abused By Students, Assaulted By Teacher

Not only was the JSS1 student sexually abused by the senior students, but he was also severally assaulted by a teacher in the school.

Davis explained that for being bed-wetter, a teacher who he identified as Mr Akpan would assault and starve him even when his colleagues had begged him to leave him.

He said Mr Akpan beat him with a belt, stick and stones.

“He beats me with anything he sees. Mr Akpan beats me because I wet my bed,” Davis said.

” One day that Mr Akpan was beating me, Mr Michael came to ‘bail me’. Mr Michael asked me if Akpan wanted to kill me, Mr Akpan said he didn’t care.”

He added that the teacher would also starve him whenever it was time to eat, stating that he relied on biscuits and soft drinks from the shop at the hostel to satisfy his hunger.

“Mr Akpan sends me to go back to the hostel to get something. It’s a way of starving me.”

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Abiodun Jamiu

Abiodun is an investigations reporter at HumAngle. His works focus on the intersection of public policy and development, conflict and humanitarian crisis, climate and environment. He was a 2022 Solution Journalism Fellow with Nigeria Health Watch under its Solution Journalism Africa initiative project.

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