The Deeper Life Bible Church says it will not cover up any immoral act in the ongoing case of alleged molestation of one of its students in its school in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom.
The church has come under criticism since Deborah Okezie, the mother of the 11-year-old student, claimed her son was molested by his seniors after the principal moved him to their dormitory for urinating on his bed.
In a statement on Tuesday evening, Thelma Malaka, education secretary, Deeper Life High School, said the church and school management remain committed to unearthing the truth.
Malaka also said the Akwa Ibom state government has taken over investigation into the matter to “ensure neutrality and dispassionate outcome.”
According to her, the earlier suspension of Solomon Ndidi, principal of the school where the incident happened, was indicative of the church management’s quest to bring the perpetrators to book.
The education secretary added that the church had refrained from commenting on the matter since it suspended Ndidi because the case was still being investigated by the police.
“First and foremost, permit me to remind you that the office of the governor of Akwa Ibom state has taken over the investigation of the matter to ensure neutrality and dispassionate outcome, we appreciate the concerned efforts of everyone who has shown support in the investigation thus far,” she said.
“We reiterate that we will be transparent and that justice will not only be served, it will be seen by all that it has been served.
“Recall that we had earlier suspended the principal of the affected campus and initiated an investigation into the matter. We decided to restrain ourselves from further comments after the first update because we thought it is sub judice to comment on a matter currently under investigation
“Finally, we will like to restate that deeper life high school stands on the core values of integrity and uprightness and will not attempt to cover up any immoral act under any guise.”
— Deeper Life Bible Church (@dclmhq) December 29, 2020
Malaka enjoined the public to maintain calm while awaiting the final report of the investigation.
“We enjoin the public to be on the lookout for the final report as will be released by the appropriate authorities soon,” she added.
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