Badmus Rasidat, a former director of academics at Olashore International School, Osun State has cleared the air on the issue regarding the alleged sexual assault claim levelled against the school by an ex-student of the school.
Rasidat who also served as the head of house for the senior girls during the period when the incident was alleged to have taken place, said the allegation was a product of frustration by the ex-student because she was disciplined in line with the extant rules of the school.
The former director of academics in an interview with journalists recently said the allegations of sexual harassment by Obiamaka Azubuike, an ex-student on social media is far from a true representation of what did happen 18 years ago.
She said Obiamaka Azubuike was punished because she and other students violated the school code of conduct rules stipulated in the students’ handbook, adding that students writing their final examination were not supposed to leave their hostel at night because they were already exempted from participating in social activities, adding that the said ex-student and her friends sneaked out from the hostel to attend a programme.
According to Rasidat, The second offence committed by Obiamaka Azubuike was that she and one other of her friend followed the boys’ route, instead of following the girls’ route, such an infraction according to the school rules deserves to be punished.
“School code of conduct rule stipulates expulsion for any student that commits a major offence. The offences she committed were major offences. As a perfect, it was expected that she knows better what the rules of the school stipulates” she added.
Commenting on the social media claim by Azubuike that the school tried to cover up the incident when the case was reported to the school’s management and stripped her of her prefectship, Badmus Rasidat clarifies that preliminary investigation carried out by the school immediately showed that she was only rough handled by some of her fellow students after a serious disagreement on the night in question, adding that after the incident, she was examined by the school nurse and there was no trace of sexual violation.
It will be recalled that Obiamaka Azubuike who was a student of the school between September 1998 and July 2004 had in December 2021 via a social media post alleged that she was 18 years ago sexually assaulted by 13 of her fellow students in the school.
In a swift reaction to unravel the truth over the incident, Olashore International School, the Trustees of Olashore International School Association, and the proprietor of Olashore International School (OIS), has since inaugurated a Five-member panel of inquiry.
The panel will among other things examine what truly transpired 18 years ago and make recommendations as considered fit.