The parents of an 11-year-old female pupil of Lekki British International School, Lekki, Lagos State, have withdrawn her from the school after the ugly incident.
The family also threatened legal action over the alleged indifference of the school management to the incident.
The pupil’s aunt told PUNCH Metro on Thursday that the family members were furious with the poor handling of the case.
PUNCH Metro had reported that the 12-year-old Junior Secondary School I pupil was envious of the 11-year-old classmate, who had beaten him to the first position during the first and second terms.
He allegedly sneaked into the school laboratory and mixed sulphuric acid and ethanol which he poured into her water bottle.
An official of Lekki British school, in a telephone conversation with our correspondent on Wednesday, said the 12-year-old had been expelled from the school.
She added that the school had also referred him for psychological and psychiatric tests.
However, the aunt told PUNCH Metro that the family was not aware of the expulsion, saying her niece had been withdrawn from the school.
She criticised the school for allegedly blaming the 11-year-old for provoking the boy into the act, adding that she was forced to write a letter of apology.
She said, “She joined the school about two weeks into the commencement of the first term and she did well during the first and second terms.
“But unknown to her, this particular boy was after her life. On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, around 1.30pm, they went on a lunch break. The boy took her water bottle from her bag and poured out the water in it.
“He went to the toilet and poured the acid into the water bottle. Two other pupils walked in at that point and queried him on what he was doing. He begged them not to tell anybody, but the boys told her and she informed the school authorities before calling her parents.
“Initially, we were told that the owner of the school was not around. The following Monday, the mother was told that the boy would be given a week suspension after their exams.
“The shocking part is that by the next day, the owner of the school called the girl into her office and asked her to write an apology letter, saying that she provoked the boy into the act.”
She explained that the incident traumatised the 11-year-old.
The mother was said to have withdrawn her from the school, just as the offender allegedly sat for the exams.
She said, “We are planning to sue the school for negligence. If the school management is claiming that the boy has been expelled, when did that happen? Was it after he completed the exams and now that the school is about to vacate?”
When our correspondent reached out to the school on its official line, the phone rang out several times.
A text message had also yet to be replied to as of press time.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )
#EndSARS: Enugu Govt Adjusts 24-Hour Curfew
Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has relaxed the 24-hour curfew imposed on the residents of the State.
Recall that the Governor had declared curfew in Enugu East, Enugu North, and Enugu South Local Government Areas of the state following an outbreak of violence in those areas.
However, following the return of relative calm and hardship being suffered by residents of the affected areas, the Governor adjusted the curfew.
This was announced in a statement issued by the State Commissioner for Information, Mr Chidi Aroh, on Saturday.
“In its place, a 13-hour curfew from 6 pm to 7 am daily, is imposed in Enugu East, Enugu North and Enugu South Local Government Areas, with effect from 6 pm on Sunday, 25th October 2020 until further notice.”
Fani-Kayode Condemns Video Asking Igbo Indigenes To Leave Yorubaland
Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has condemned the threat of violence on Igbo indigenes in Yorubaland.
In a video circulating on social media, Grandson Adeyinka, a UK-based Nigerian, called on Igbo indigenes to leave south-west states.
In the video, Adeyinka issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the Igbo, warning that those who refuse to leave will be dealt with.
Reacting to the video, the former Minister distanced the Yoruba people from the statement, urging the Igbo people in Lagos to stand firm and stand their ground.
..The sons of Oduduwa will stand by you. The SW is safe for all non-indegenees. We are a peaceful, loving, liberal, kind & accommodating people. We are not animals & thugs. We do not give our compatriots ultimatums, throw them out of our territory or threaten them with violence.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) October 24, 2020
El-Rufai Imposes 24-hour Curfew On Seven Communities In Kaduna
Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has declared a 24-hour curfew in some communities in Kaduna South and Chikun Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.
The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan announced this is a statement on Saturday.
Although the reason for the restriction was not stated, it follows the looting of warehouses – where COVID-19 palliatives were reportedly stored by the government – by residents.
Residents were said to have trooped to Gwari Avenue where they discovered a warehouse and immediately forced it open and carted away food items.
Reacting to the development, the government directed security agencies involved to arrest and prosecute anyone found violating the curfew, and those responsible for the breakdown of law and order as well as looting and destroying properties.
The affected communities include Barnawa, Kakuri, and Television in Kaduna South LGA, and Maraban Rido, Sabon Tasha, Narayi, and Ungwan Romi of Chikun LGA.
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