The principal of Hassanat Islamic College, identified simply as Prosper, has gone into hiding after allegedly defiling seven female pupils of the school around Tanke, in the Ilorin South Local Government Area of Kwara State.
According to PUNCH Metro, Prosper, who had been allegedly defiling the pupils for a while, usually used his influence as the principal of the school to threaten them against informing anyone.
Traumatised by the illicit act, one of the pupils, who could no longer cope with the principal’s action, confided in one of the teachers of the school.
In a bid to acquire concrete evidence linking Prosper to the crime, the teacher alongside other teachers of the school, commenced an investigation and were able to get other affected pupils to narrate their ordeals in his hands.
During the investigation which took place between April and July 2022, the voice notes and erotic WhatsApp messages that Prosper sent to these minors were obtained.
“From one of the messages we had, he (principal) even went to the house of one of the victims to sexually abuse her. But he mostly perpetrated the crime on the school premises.”
The teacher said the case was reported to the police but Prosper absconded after discovering about the internal investigation.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Okasanmi Ajayi, when contacted, said, “I have reached out to the Divisional Police Officer as regards this case. I was told two children made statements at the station. The investigation is ongoing.”
Reacting to the development, the Project Director, RESTforHer, an organisation against sexual and gender based violence, Dr. Olatoun Adeola, said when an educator sexually abuse students, the action could deeply affect the physical and moral integrity of the victims.
“The effects vary for each person as people are all affected by situations differently. Some physical effects may be instantly apparent. Victims of sexual molestation may experience disassociation and emotional numbness due to the shock of what they have experienced.
“When we confronted him with the allegations, he denied. But when we showed the facts, he admitted and promised to stop,”
PUNCH Metro gathered that some of the pupils who were said to be within the age range of 14 and 16 had visited the nearest police station to make an official complaint against the fleeing principal.
Contacted, Prosper, who spoke from his hideouts said, “Sir, please forgive me. I’m an orphan; I am ashamed of myself and I don’t know what to do. I have left Ilorin because of this.”