AKS Government Withdraws From Investigation into Deeper Life sexual Assault Allegation
Written by COMFORT 95.1FM on December 31, 2020
Akwa Ibom State Government has denied accusations by the mother of a student of the Deeper Life Secondary School, Uyo, of abandoning investigations to allegations of sexual abuse in the school.
The woman, Deborah Okezie, had also complained of being assaulted by the Commissioner for Education, Dr. Enobong Mboho.
However, in a statement Commissioner for Information, Comrade Ini Ememobong yesterday, the government debunked the allegations, saying it was only waiting for the outcome of the investigations currently being carried out by the police before taking the necessary action.
The statement explains that the investigation was ongoing, the Attorney General of the State notified the Commissioner of Education of the concurrent investigation of the same matter by the Police and the interest of several international Organizations and the Sexual and Gender-based Violence Response Unit of the Ministry of Justice, Akwa Ibom State among others.
According to Ememobong it was therefore advisable for the Commissioner for Education to hands off the investigation and allow the Police, which is the proper government agency to handle allegations of crime, to take over.
He said the State Government is committed to the revelation of the truth of the circumstance and is determined to prosecute anybody found culpable of any wrongdoing stressing that at no time did the Commissioner for Education or any staff of the State Government harass or intimidate the parent or the affected student, or anybody connected to the matter.
Ememobong appealed to the public to exercise patience for a thorough investigation to be carried out by the Police and other relevant institutions on the matter as the State Government will, upon receipt of the reports, take necessary actions.