Detectives attached to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, Lagos, are currently investigating a teacher, Patience Orunma, for allegedly defiling a three-year-old pupil at a private school in Berger, Ojodu in Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the victim’s mother spotted blood in the pupil’s private part on June 21 when bathing her.
On inquiry, the victim told her mother that the teacher used a pencil to prick her vagina in the school toilet.
The victim also reportedly said after she was defiled, the teacher used a white piece of cloth to clean the blood.
A detective at the SCID, who craved anonymity, said the victim’s parents immediately challenged the school authorities and later reported the matter to the Isheri Police Division when they were not satisfied with the school’s response.
He said, “The mother of the victim told us that her daughter returned from school and when she decided to bath her at about 8pm, her daughter began to cry when she was about washing her private part. The victim told her mother that her teacher inserted a pencil into her private part in their school’s toilet.
“The mother said she reported to the head teacher of the school the next day. The head teacher called the suspect and two other female teachers for her daughter to identify the person who used pencil on her private part and her daughter still pointed at the suspect.
“The mother reported the case at Isheri Police Division where she was given a letter to go to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja. After medical examination, the doctor confirmed that the child had been defiled.”
The police source said he suspected that the alleged crime could be for spiritual purpose but added that investigations were ongoing.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the girl’s parents were not happy with how the police division handled the matter and alleged that the police were attempting to cover up the alleged crime.
When contacted, the spokesperson for the state police command, Ngozi Braide, confirmed the incident.
She said, “The incident actually occurred in May. The mother was bathing the girl when she complained that she had pains in her private part. The mother took her daughter to the school where she identified the teacher. The mother met with the head teacher but was not satisfied with the outcome and then reported to the police.
“The police at Isheri then transferred the case to the SCID where investigations are ongoing. The teacher however denied the allegation.