Eight-year-old pupil of Prospect Primary School, Akute, Ogun State, Oyindamola Onimole, has been detained by the Ajuwon Police Division.
Oyindamola, who was held by the police between 6pm on Wednesday and
12pm on Thursday, was arrested by a policeman from the station for
reporting a teacher in the school, identified simply as Mrs. Oni, to his
learnt that Oni, who is the wife of one of the policemen at the
station, had maltreated Oyindamola at school and the pupil reported her
to his mother, Mrs. Nimota Onimole, who subsequently stormed the school
and complained about the assault.
After the mother left, the teacher was said to have descended on the child again for daring to report her to his mother.
A source in the school said, “After school hours, the teacher called her
husband and he stormed the house of the pupil and arrested the minor.
“When Mrs. Onimole (Nimota) returned from work about 10pm, neighbours
told her about the ordeal of her son. She left for the police station to
ascertain what had happened. The mother, who went to the police station
to bail her child, was also detained.”
Oyindamola’s father, Olalekan Omole, confirmed on Thursday that his wife and son were detained by the police.
He said, “At about 6.30pm, the teacher and her policeman husband, went
to our house and forcibly took my son. They used okada (motorcycle) to
pick my son.
“When my wife returned about 10pm and got to the station around 10.30pm,
requesting to get her child released, she was equally detained at the
station. All this happened because of the influence of the teacher,
whose husband happened to be a policeman at the station.
“My two remaining children slept alone at home that night. I had to
consult a lot of people to wade in and get justice for my family.
“But today (Thursday), at about 12pm, my son and my wife were released by the police.”
Olalekan, who expressed outrage at the detention of the minor, said he would contact his lawyer to take the matter up.
Oyindamola’s father added that he had informed the school proprietor about Mrs. Oni’s alleged misconduct.