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Stephen Children Home: Old students accuse director of Rape, fraud, sex assault

* It is part of a plan to remove me - Director

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Wole Newton, principal of the school

By Omotolani Alamu

The old students of the Stephen Centre International School and Home, Obantoko, Abeokuta, Ogun State capital have accused the Director, Rev. Isaac Oluwole Newton-Wusu of alleged molestation, sexual assault and child labour among others.

The old students, under the auspices of Concerned Past Students of Stephen Children Home (COPASSTECH), also lamented the poor welfare provided to the students, which they insisted still persists till today.

Speaking at a Press Conference held at Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ogun State chapter’s Secretariat, in Abeokuta on Tuesday, the National Coordinator of COPASSTECH, Mr. Ado Nicodemus Baggibawa said the institution has lost six students in just few years due to negligence and poor health care facility – in spite all the funds donated by charity foundations both home and abroad.

He said donations from USA, Netherland, Australia, Canada, Poland and Nigerian Churches for the same project were not expended on the students.

Baggibawa however appealed to government, ministries in charge of orphanage homes and schools and Non Governmental Organisations in charge of child protection, including “our international donors and those within the nation to please rise to the occasion and save the future of the home and school”.

He also called for total restructuring of the school to meet the intended goal, insisting on a close monitoring of the system by the supervisory government bodies such as ministry of education and the ministry of human affairs and other relevant bodies.

He also advocated for a public hearing on some of these matters on the floor of national assembly or the state house of assembly to “provide a widespread platform for fair hearing and serve as deterrent to many who use our predicament for exploitation.

“We also call on the African Union, United Nations, and International human rights bodies to look into the exploitation of the funding from foreign bodies who may have accrued funds without stories and did not deliver same to the right cause.

“Finally, the press release is our only avenue to voice our concern, seek for justice and continuity of the Stephens Children Home / School in a manner that will provide sanity and true productivity. We have no strength or any ability to confront the director in anyway. Therefore, we seek for the active involvement of the civil rights societies and relevant government authorities to come to our aid”.

Two former female students of the school, Mary Jones and Bala Deborah who narrated their ordeals insisted that government should take up the matter.

Deborah alleged that the director sexually assault her at the age of 13 when she was at JSS 2.

She disclosed that whenever she is with the director, she would be unconscious until the deed is done.

Jones said the director molested her because she refused being sexually assault by him.

When contacted on phone, the Director, Newton-Wusu described the allegation as part of plans to remove him as the director of the home.

“They are sponsored and it is a plan to remove me as the Director of the home. I can’t comment because the case is in court,” he said.