Virginity Test: Governor to Decide Principal’s Fate

Virginity Test: Governor to Decide Principal’s Fate

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, will decide the fate of the Principal, Ajuwon Senior High School, Rev. Olufunke Aladeojobi, and the school nurse, Mrs. M.B. Afolabi, who allegedly conducted virginity tests on pupils of the school.

The three-man review panel of top civil servants set up by the state government to appraise the recommendations made by the panel of inquiry that investigated the incident has submitted its report.

It was learnt that the panel submitted a three-page evaluation report to the state Ministry of Education, Science and Technology at about 2pm on Monday.

Commissioner in charge of the ministry, Mr. Segun Odubela, confirmed to our correspondent on Monday that he had received the report of the review panel headed by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr. Ambaliu Ishola.

Odubela said, “I received the report of three-man review panel saddled with the evaluation of the recommendations contained in the 27-page report made by the five-man panel that investigated the incident, shortly after the state executive council meeting.

“It’s a three-page report and the members of the panel just did an assessment of the previous report and also made some other recommendations. As I am speaking with you I’m supervising the packaging of the two reports for onward dispatch to the governor’s office for his express approval of the recommendations.”

Asked to highlight some of the recommendations pertaining to the fate of Aladeojobi, who had been placed on suspension since December 19, Odubela said, “I can’t let you in on that because the state governor has yet to approve the punishment recommended for her. Her fate will be decided by the governor in few days’ time and that will be made public.

“However, part of the non-sensitive recommendations made by the review panel is that the state government sends a high level delegation of officials of the ministry to hold a meeting with parents of all the pupils of the school with a view to winning back their confidence in the school system.”

Aladeojobi was said to have on December 10 invited a nurse to the school to carry out virginity test on a group of 10 pupils.

During the test, it was alleged that Aladeojobi, the school’s nurse, Makinde, and another nurse whose name could not be ascertained dipped their fingers into the pupils’ private parts.

But the matter got out of hand when one of the pupils started bleeding after she had been ‘tested.’

Parents of the pupils later stormed the school in protest resulting in the invitation of policemen from Ajuwon Division.

On December 21, the Ogun State Police Command transferred the case from the police division to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Eleweran, Abeokuta, for “discrete investigation.”

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