“Because of bedwetting, Mr Akpan used a belt on me, iron, stick, and sometimes stone. They transferred me from JSS 1 dormitory to the one for SS 1 students. Mrs Ndidi told Mr Joseph Ikenna to transfer me,” he said.
He said Ola and Shalom are SS 1 students, his seniors, who allegedly carried out the abuse on him without the knowledge of the school authorities.
On when they used to carry out the alleged act, he said, “12 O’clock when everybody has slept.”
His mother then asked him why he failed to tell the school’s vice-principal who noticed something awkward about his gait.
“Your vice principal told me that he once called you and asked you why you were walking with your legs open like a woman. Why didn’t you seize that opportunity to tell him what was happening to you?” she asked.
He replied that Ola and Shalom threatened to kill him if he tried to tell anyone about what they were doing to him.
He said when he was brought back to JSS 1 dormitory, Mr Akpan continued to beat him because of the bedwetting.
Whenever it was mealtime in school, he said, “Mr Akpan sends me back to the dormitory to go and stay there.” He said the aim was for him not to get food because he would return late from the dormitory.
“It’s a way of starving me,” he said when his mother asked if it was Mr Akpan’s way of stopping the bedwetting.
The allegation is currently being investigated by the police, with the Akwa Ibom State Government, through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Ini EmemObong, promising to take the appropriate action once the investigation is concluded.
A statement by the Akwa Ibom government read in part, “We appeal to the public to exercise patience for a thorough investigation to be carried out by the police and other relevant institutions on the matter. The State Government will upon receipt of the reports take necessary actions thereto.”