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Olashore International School to probe allegation of sexual assault

By Waliat Musa 
26 January 2022   |   2:28 am
The Trustees of Olashore International School Association, Proprietor of Olashore International School (OIS), a private co-educational boarding secondary school in Iloko-Ijesha, Osun State...

The Trustees of Olashore International School Association, Proprietor of Olashore International School (OIS), a private co-educational boarding secondary school in Iloko-Ijesha, Osun State, has inaugurated a five-member panel of inquiry into an alleged sexual assault claim by an ex-student of the school, Obiamaka Azubuike.

Ms. Azubuike had in December 2021 via a social media post alleged that she was sexually assaulted 18 years ago by 13 of her fellow students in the school.

Azubuike, who was a student of the school between September 1998 and July 2004, also claimed that the school tried to cover up the incident when the case was reported to the school’s management and striped her of her prefectship.

The five-man panel of inquiry includes Justice Olusola Williams Rtd (chairperson); public health consultant, Dr Alero Roberts, educationist and safeguarding consultant; Mrs Adeyinka Adefope forensic psychiatrist; Dr Sade Olajubu and legal practitioner; Mr Ebuka Ekeanyanwu.

The ex-student in her claims among other reliefs is demanding that: The school makes a public apology to her in print and on social media; and reinstate the records to show that she was a school prefect in the school and also grant a zoom ceremony where she will be awarded the honours she allegedly earned.

According to a statement issued by Mrs Olapeju Sofowora, Chairperson, Olashore International School Association, the panel, which was inaugurated by the association’s Board of Trustees is charged to examine what truly transpired 18 years ago and make recommendations as considered fit.

The panel is expected to commence sitting immediately and conclude their inquiry within eight weeks.