A 70-year-old school proprietor, Mr Isaac Iniasek, has been arrested by policemen attached to Igbogbo Police Division in Ikorodu area of Lagos State for allegedly defiling an eight-year-old pupil in his school.
It was gathered that after the school hour on that fateful day, Iniasek asked the girl (name withheld) to go into his office and tidy it up.
It was in the process of doing that the suspect pounced on the girl, tore her pants and defiled her.
The incident happened at number 31, Eturenren Street, on the premises of the Brighter Glory School.
The victim’s aunt, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said when the girl’s friend and her younger sister waited outside for a while, they went inside the proprietor’s office to check what was happening. According to her, they met Iniasek on top of the girl.
She said: “Immediately they entered the office, the proprietor ran out of his office, while the girl was bleeding profusely from her private part.
“They raised the alarm which attracted others. When we got to the school, the girl was still in a pool of blood. “We took her to a private hospital where it was confirmed that she was defiled. They showed us the Fluid which was brought out from her private part.”
A resident of the area, who also has a child in the school, claimed that was not the first time the proprietor had done that. She said: “A similar incident had happened in the school.
The owner of the school was said to have inserted his finger into the private part of some girls.” The woman urged the Lagos State Government to do background verification on schools before given them approval. The victim’s father described the proprietor as a disgrace.
He said: “The girl was supposed to be his granddaughter. It was after the incident that I got to know that my daughter was not the only girl that had been assaulted by the man. “I want the man prosecuted to serve as lesson to others who may want to take after him.”
When our correspondent visited the school, the suspect’s son, who craved anonymity, described what happened as the handiwork of the devil.
He said: “What befell my father was a strange influence. My father is married, what would he derive from sleeping with the little girl?”
When contacted on the phone, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed Iniasek’s arrest. He said the case had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba, Lagos, for further investigation.