Ernest Esly, a staff of Federal Science and Technical College (FSTC), Otukpo in Benue State has been suspended by the school’s management for allegedly raping an SSS 3 student.
Apart from the suspension, the Federal Ministry of Education has also investigated the matter and said the officer may be dismissed from service if found guilty of the allegation.
The victim, whose name was made public is said to be 16 years of age and in SS3 while staff is in his 50s. Social activists are demanding more sanction against the store keeper.
Reports have it however, that Some female students had in March reported that the girl in question, sneaked out of the hostel at night and was seen being dropped the following morning by Mr Esly. They suspected she was into a sexual relationship with the store officer and that she had passed the night with him at his official quarters.
According to one of the teachers, following the report, the school asked its disciplinary committee headed by the vice principal in charge of administration, identified simply as Mrs Agbor, to look into the matter.
“They summoned the store officer but he denied having an affair with the student. But after the girl confessed to having sex with the store officer, in his presence, the disciplinary committee recommended Mr Esly’s eviction from the staff quarters as well as his reposting from the college.”
A management staff of the school, who asked not to be named because he is not permitted to speak with journalists as a civil servant, said Mr Esly was given until March 21 to vacate his residential quarters in the school and to submit a request for transfer from the school within one week.
According to a version of the story published by PREMIUM TIMES, Mr Esly had a habit of using his access to food in the school’s store to lure female students into immoral relationships. Many student said testified of alleged sexual advances made to them by the store officer.