JusticeForDonDavies: Deeper Life Says Akwa Ibom Govt, Police Now Investigating Allegation Of Sodomy

The Deeper Christian Life Ministry, the owner of Deeper Life High School, has responded to the allegation of sodomy of a JSS 1 student of its Uyo campus, Don Davis, who was allegedly molested by senior students of the school.

In a video which has been making rounds on social media, a woman identified as Deborah Okezie alleged that her 11-years-old son, Davis, was sexually abused, starved and physically assaulted by some senior students of the school after he was 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,” the woman said.

“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 is not like the boarding school of those days.”

Meanwhile, the school management has suspended the Principal of its Uyo campus, Solomon Ndidi, while the state government also launched a separate investigation into the matter.

Reacting to the allegation, Thelma Malaka, its Education Secretary, said the school has commenced an investigation into the allegation but would be waiting for the outcome of the final report of the Akwa Ibom State Government.

Malaka said that staff members and students of the school who are fingered in the allegation have been handed to the panel set up by the State Government for questioning throughout the period of the investigation.

This, according to her, is to ensure neutrality and fairness in the handling of the investigation.

She, therefore, said the management of the school would not only be transparent but also assured that justice will duly be served

“…the office of the governor of Akwa Ibom has taken over the investigation of the matter to ensure neutrality and a dispassionate outcome. We appreciate the concern 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, but it would also be seen by all that it has been served,” Malaka said.

“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. We believe that the government will share the final report once the investigation is concluded.”

The secretary explained that the school restrained itself from further comments after an earlier update which announced the suspension of the school principal because of the ongoing hearing by the State Government and the Nigeria Police.

While also assuring to continue to support the victim within the precinct allowed by his parents, the school noted that it is confident the truths of the matter would eventually be revealed by God.

“Despite the intriguing underpinning, we will continue to show our love to him within the limit permitted by his parents. We have unflinching confidence in our god to resolve the issue so that in the end, the truth will prevail.”

“The police are also currently investigating this matter, and we have been invited to share our own share of the story. The detailed interrogation was, however, adjourned due to the holidays. We believe that a new date would be communicated as soon as possible by the police authority.”

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