A 14-year-old pupil of Premiere Academy, Lugbe in Abuja, has passed away after she was allegedly abused sexually.
Vihimga Akpagher, the deceased’s mother, alleged that the pupil died from an infection after a condom was found in her private parts.
According to Vihimga, her late daughter had called her to complain about illness and requested that she should come and pick her from the school.
She explained that the school had initially asked her not to bother, assuring her that her daughter was doing fine.
Vihimga, however, said she had to pick the teenager from the school on June 19 after she insisted on going home.
She explained that on getting home, her daughter looked terribly ill and was taken to the hospital for treatment thereafter.
Vihimga said her daughter eventually died at the hospital after enduring trauma which made her slip into a coma.
The distraught mother alleged that checks carried out by the medical doctor showed a condom was left in her private part while her urine also contained sperm.
Vihimga also claimed that the doctor revealed that the development had resulted in sepsis which eventually took her daughter’s life.
“But by the morning of Monday, June 21, 2021, I noticed that her condition had deteriorated and took her to hospital, and while examining her, the doctor saw a discharge, ran a test, and discovered that it was a condom that was left in her,” she was quoted as saying by PUNCH.
“They tested her urine and it contained sperm; and like that, infection and sepsis led to her death. I picked her up on June 19 and she died on June 21. She slipped into a coma and died. She was traumatised.”
But in a statement via its Facebook page, the institution dismissed the claim that the student left the school sick, noting that she was healthy.
The boarding school also called on the public to desist from peddling unverified claims on what led to the student’s death, adding that investigation is ongoing into the matter.
“Since the demise of the pupil, there have been speculations and unfounded statements concerning her death on social media, especially on WhatsApp,” it said.
“We hereby inform the public that whatever message they have come across on social media is unfounded. As a school, we are committed to ascertaining the cause of her death because the life of every student at Premiere Academy matters.”
In a follow-up post, the school said it would release a “factual and composite” statement after police conclude an investigation into the matter.
Efforts by TheCable Lifestyle to reach Mariam Yusuf, spokesperson for the federal capital territory (FCT) police command, did not materialise as of the time of this report.
She did not respond to calls nor reply to messages sent to her.
The development comes months after a student of Deeper Life High School in Akwa Ibom state was also allegedly molested sexually.
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