'It was a terrible experience' - Accused teacher speaks out

"I am happy that I have been vindicated by the report of the panel. It was a terrible experience while it lasted but I believe in the words of God that, ‘without tests, there cannot be testimony.’

A teacher at Queen's College, Yaba, Lagos, Mr. Olaseni Osifala, who was accused of sexually assaulting a student of the same school has expressed his relief that the saga is now over.

This was just as the Ministry of Education said the investigative panel into an alleged sexual molestation on the female student could not establish any evidence to indict the accused teacher.

The Ministry of Education on Friday said, “The Investigation Committee did not establish any credible evidence against the accused teacher, considering the fact that Mrs Chinenye Okoye remained unidentified, faceless and inaccessible despite the Committee’s best efforts and assurances to protect her identity and that of her daughter.

“Consequently, the Investigation Committee finds it difficult to recommend disciplinary action against the accused teacher as the complainant failed to come forward to prove this weighty accusation.

“The Committee could not establish any cover up of sexual molestation by the management of Queens College.

“The Federal Ministry of Education notes and accepts all the recommendations of the Committee and will take actions as appropriate.”

Osifala, in a recent interview with New Telegraph, said he has been vindicated. He described the experience while the whole matter lasted as sad and unfortunate. He, however, thanked those who stood by him while revealing that he would never make any enemy over the incident.

He said his pupils will continue to remain his treasure and that he would continue to offer his best as a teacher.

“I am happy that I have been vindicated by the report of the panel. It was a terrible experience while it lasted but I believe in the words of God that, ‘without tests, there cannot be testimony.’

"Today, I am glad I have been tested and have come out victorious,” Osifala said.

Last month, Osifala was reportedly accused by a JSS2 student's parent of molesting her (the student) whose name was given as Chinenye Okoye. The parent also alleged that the school authorities are aware of Osifala's misconduct but continually cover up his actions.

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