Queen’s College Yaba. As I write, the principal and vice principals
have, over a month now, deliberately suppressed several complaints of
sexual harassment which my daughter and some other students have
consistently reported to their class teacher, their year head, the head
of department of the accused teacher and the principal’s office. My
daughter is in JSS2, second term at Queen’s College. During their
visiting day in first term she complained to me that there is an
Integrated Science teacher, Mr O- who has been harrassing her and some
other students. I asked her if the man had touched her and she said no,
he only tells them that they are looking beautiful and he wants to marry
them. I dismissed her complaints as typical compliments from a teacher.
she called me late at night and she was crying bitterly. I could barely
hear what she was saying until after I had calmed her down. Me myself I
was scared, wondering what had happened. She told me then that this same
Mr O-, who by the way, lives in the boarding house area, had cornered
her on her way back from easing herself just before lights out. She told
me that he called her and she thought he wanted to punish her for
leaving her dorm room when it was almost lights out. But when she got
closer to him, he was smelling of alcohol and she ran away from him. But
he ran after her and grabbed her and tried to kiss her while touching
her private parts. She started screaming and then students started
coming out so he left her and pretended to punish her. But the students
already know his ways so they started booing him until the housemistress
came out and chased them inside, telling them to be quiet and that
nothing was actually going on. I told my daughter to calm down and
prayed with her and I told her not to leave her dorm room unless with
day and spoke with the housemistress who confirmed to me that the story
was true. but she warned me that the Mr O- is a favourite of the Vice
Principal Mrs K-. I spoke to a couple of other teachers and they all
confirmed this story and the Mr O-‘s tendencies. The teachers also
mentioned that he had ben reported before at the Abuja Headquarters for
sexual harassment and he was almost sacked until he begged this same
Vice Principal who squashed the complaints. I went to the vice principal
myself and complained to her about my daughter’s issue. Mrs K- and
another Vice Principal Mrs N- were both in the room when I entered. From
the looks on their faces, I knew my daughter was telling the truth. Mrs
N- soon left and it was just me and Mrs K-.
words) that even though my daughter was telling the truth, O- is her man
and he does a lot of work for her and there is nothing me or anyone can
do to move him out of the school. She also turned around to threaten me
that if I like, I can go to Abuja to report, nothing would happen. And
that I should not forget that this is a government school so instead of
her or Mr O- being sacked, my daughter would be dismissed instead! As I
type this, I have already found another school for my daughter. She has
left the boarding house and once their exams are over she would leave
Queen’s College. She told me that this Mr O- sees her every time she has
class in the labs but she never goes there alone, only when her friends
are with her. She says he always tells her that her mother tried to
report him, but in the end she is the one who would leave the school
while he would remain. These people wanted to traumatize my daughter!!
and yet they still keep him not only in the school but in the boarding
house area where these young girls live. He is free to roam about at
night drunk as a skunk and no one does anything because of his
connections. Even worse, they now have young men as security guards who,
some parents have even complained at the last PTA meeting are already
harassing their daughters. I beg you to please expose these people. They
think they are bigger than just one parent, but I know one day their
time will come. Please feel free to contact me if you need any more
details. I hope their evil deeds come to light and they get the
punishment they deserve.
This is a fiction, this must be from my hater. It is a
share jealous. I don’t live in the school compound, I don’t drink and I
don’t teach junior school. Please disregard this dubious story.
School Principla’s reaction:
When I resumed work as
principal here, I was told of a certain matron who housed a person that
had attempted to have an affair with a student. I was not here when it happened
but as soon as I was told, I made sure that the matron was moved out of
the school premises. I have zero tolerance for such behaviour. I have a
daughter who schools here, even before I began work here. I will not
As I talk to you, no
single parent has come to me or any of my Vice-Principals to report
Olaseni as a molester. I assure you that if the allegation was true,
other parents would have been buzzing our lines non-stop. Children
spread gossip fast. They would tell their parents or relations, if
anyone was molesting them here. No parent would take such news lightly.
this news reached me, I summoned an emergency meeting of all the
critical stakeholders. We all discussed before inviting Mr Osifala.
Every one of my staff says positive things about the man. Of course they
were all here (Queens College) before me, so they are qualified to
assess members of staff properly.
even before I resumed, a former principal of Kings College had
recommended Olaseni as a credible person to work with. His name is
Otunba Dele Olapeju. He is a highly respectable man. Let us not forget
that Olaseni worked with five different principals, all of who also told
me good words about him, despite the various allegations against him.
have investigated and we are not relenting in our determination to get
to the bottom of this case. The man in question has been of impeccable
character and committed service since I resumed work here. I can vouch
When I resumed work
here, I was told a few unsavoury things about him. But investigations
showed that each time a new principal resumed at Queens College, these
allegations popped up. They would tell every new principal that Mr
Olaseni is a molester. But after investigations, nothing concrete came
up. My predecessor, whom we just sent forth today, told me the same
thing. So it has been a recurring decimal, these allegations.
have come to understand that some persons are on a campaign of calumny
against this teacher. Yet, he is the best teacher in our school. During
World Teachers’ Day, he bagged five awards. The students all have good
things to say about him. Somebody somewhere is up to some mischief and
we will uncover this unfortunate drama.
place a premium on the security and welfare of our girls. We are all
mothers. We will not allow any staff to endanger girls in this school.
urge the general public to always endeavour to confirm the stories they
read on social media. Not everything they read there is true.
have quietly observed Olaseni over time. I have X-rayed his
relationship with students and I have not found him wanting. The same
students he has been accused of molesting, are the ones who voted him
their best teacher.
Chairman is an external person, and she attests to the character of the
accused teacher. It did not take long for me to see why the past
principals recommended him. He is extremely committed to his job and
some people are ready to bring him down.
read the story on social media. I trust the public to read between the
lines. There are too many inconsistencies with the story. Nothing is
hidden in this school. If, like the story said, students came out at
night to boo the molester, do you think that before dawn, the story
would not have spread like wild fire? And for a whole month, nobody
reported to me? It is not possible.
are approved channels of communication here. If the parent actually
went to the Vice-Principal and was turned down, did the person ever come
to me? No parent here can ever say that they are afraid of coming to
me. Yet I never heard of this story until today. That is not possible.
a part of the story alleged that one of my Vice-Principals threatened
the parent to go to Abuja, and that nothing will come out of it. I
smiled when I read that part. No right thinking person would have made
such a comment. I have been here long enough to know what each one of my
staff are capable of saying. There is no way an administrator of her
calibre would say that.
like an attempt to ridicule, not just Mr Olaseni, but the hard-earned
reputation of Queens College. We are consulting with relevant
stakeholders and we will get to the bottom of this.
- AKHETUAMEN B.E (Mrs):
am the Chairperson of the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA). I
represent the best interests of parents of the children in this school. I
have two daughters schooling here. After six years in the school, I
should be able to trust them to intimate me about things that happen in
the school, especially when I ask. They have made it clear to me, no
such thing occurred.
Meanwhile, no parent has called me to make any such allegation against the teacher in question and I find it very strange.
know Olaseni as a teacher who has respect for constituted authority.
Knowing how the school community works, I assure you that if such a
thing has happened, the students themselves would have given the matter
leverage. It would not have needed a blogger to break the story. There
is a policy against use of phones in the college but we hear rumours
that some students smuggle in phones. Do you imagine that such students
would not have called their parents with the gist? And for all this time
that the event allegedly occurred (one month now) do you think that no
parent would have raised eyebrows?
I asked my daughter about this story, she said she only started hearing
about it today. I am an Edo woman, I speak from my heart because I fear
only God. Even if I face anybody now, I can defend him (Olaseni)
authoritatively. I have always recommended him to every principal that
was posted here. Even the current principal will confirm that I spoke
positively about this teacher to her. He always seeks to correct
everything going wrong within the school. He is fearless. He never
abdicates his duties and I say this with a sense of pride.
I wonder who would want to pull him down. We are looking into this matter and we will involve the Police.
- VICE-PRINCIPAL (SENIOR SCHOOL):
are all false allegations. Even with some past principals, similar
allegations were made against the young man. Yet they all worked happily
and successfully with him, enough to make them recommend him to their
successors. Even the principal we are sending forth today, Mrs Osime,
can clarify this. It is all crooked lies.
can you make such a weighty allegation and not be able to tell us who
the child is? And if you see what is written in the allegation, you will
know that they are all lies. For starters, Mr Olaseni does not live on
the school premises. So how can he be responsible for molesting a child
Again, he teaches
Biology. The story says he teaches Integrated Science. That is a lie. He
also does not teach junior school as alleged in the story. Biology is
offered in the senior school. To the best of our knowledge, Olaseni does
not drink alcohol. So there are some fundamental lies that already give
away the fact that someone is being funny somewhere.
have investigated. We tried to find out from our boarding house
mistresses about the said event, one month ago. You can ask around at
your own convenience, there is no record of such a thing.
the allegation that I told the parent to go to Abuja, how is that
possible? How can I tell a parent that, when no parent has even come to
me with such a report? Did I threaten a ghost?
story also said that the alleged ‘victim’ tried to call her mother that
night. Since phones are not even allowed in the school, how is that
possible? We do not know yet, the alleged parent nor the student.
Our investigations continue.
- SENIOR BOARDING HOUSE MISTRESS:
am Mrs D. A Oludinmu. I am the senior boarding house mistress of Queens
College, Yaba. Yes, I admit that Mr Olaseni comes around the hostel
because he is the Hostel Maintenance Officer. But there is a procedure
for that. He never comes without the permission of the principal and
even during emergencies, he does not come alone. The principal still has
to permit him, and he always comes with the maintenance boys.
Mr Olaseni does not come to the hostel outside working hours. I can vouch for him.
- HEAD GIRL:
story has it that Mr Osifala lives in the school compound. No male
staff lives within. They also said they saw our teacher with alcohol
after lights out. This cannot be true because he speaks against alcohol
in class. He is our Biology teacher, not Integrated Science.
him from J.S.S 1 to S.S. 3 now, I can say that the allegations are
wrong. No, I just heard the story this morning. My statement cannot be
Yes, we complain to him when we have problems in the hostel. These problems include bad electric bulbs, water problems, etc.
- OLASENI (THE ACCUSED):
am worried about this matter because there is no truth in it. It is not
the first time I have been accused falsely. Students have openly
confessed to being recruited to frame me up in the past. The teachers
were there. They can tell you the truth. All I want is to be the best
teacher I possibly can. The reason I always win the awards is a function
of my drive for excellence.
ensures that I am always busy. My work is not secret. I am an open book.
I know that whatever I say now will not matter to those who have made
up their minds to judge me. Let God take control.
As at the time of this report, two girls have now gainst Osifala, confirming
allegations that he is a sexual molester but the school authorities
allegedly said the girls have no evidence.