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Akwa Ibom school defends teacher who flogged student mercilessly, leaving her bruised because her ‘school uniform was short and goes against the Bible’ – –




The administration of a non-public secondary faculty in Akwa Ibom State has responded to an allegation of kid abuse made towards one in every of its employees.


A Fb consumer, Celestine Mel took to the platform to share photographs of the scholar recognized merely as Udeme, alleging that she was crushed ruthlessly by a employees of the varsity, King Solomon Secondary College in Uyo.

Mel revealed that the SS3 pupil is his relation’s daughter and alleged that she received crushed as a result of her “faculty uniform was too quick and goes towards the Bible“.



He wrote,

When a relation of mine forwarded disturbing photos, concerning the bestial brutality visited on her daughter, who’s an SS3 pupil of King Solomon Secondary College, a privately owned co-educational establishment in Uyo – Akwa Ibom by Mrs. Ndifreke Etim Asuquo, the daughter of the proprietress, who additionally doubles as the varsity’s admissions officer to me immediately, I used to be initially hesitant to consider my eyes. The gravity and beastliness of the sight scared daylight out of me. It was a Monday morning, and I used to be busy at work. I wanted to deal with my to-do listing and the various Monday conferences. So, I let it’s.

Attempt as I might, my thoughts didn’t depart from these scorching photos. I saved prancing between Microsoft Initiatives Workplace Swimsuit, (which is my major work software), and the WhatsApp webpage which I used to archive the ghoulish photos. Every go to to WhatsApp haunted me like a nasty dream. I began hating myself and my setting. I used to be feeling tormented, raped and brutalized. I scoffed on the lack of empathy and charm, that would have provoke such violence by whomsoever, on my good friend – Udeme. A few of unpleasant movies are too graphic to share. Whodunnit?

Upon returning dwelling this evening, I demanded for and received the cellphone variety of the beastly child-abuser. A lady for actual? I used to be full of extra rage; too bitter to ring her up, to ask why she defiled this little angel so cruelly. Because the adrenaline rushed down my veins, I summoned the braveness to dial her. I wanted to listen to her facet of the story. To be honest to her. And my conscience. I wanted to persuade myself that it was a dream.

On the second ring, she answered. The next dialogue ensured:

“Hey, my title is Celestine Mel, calling from the FCT. I’m I chatting with Madam Ndifreke of King Solomon College – Ewet Housing Property Uyo?” I requested.

“Sure, that is Ndifreke”. She answered.

“Expensive madam Ndi, I received this disturbing info concerning an incident in your faculty immediately, tenth January 2022, whereby you’ve gotten been accused of beating your pupil – Udeme and inflicting critical bodily harm to her. I wish to hear your individual facet of the story. What occurred?” I requested.

“I can not converse on the matter. I’ll sue you for intruding into my privateness. I’m a mom, a wife and a girl. I didn’t act alone. I acted on behalf of the varsity. The varsity would reply formally. Bla..bla..bla.” Ndifreke answered. Then the cellphone went clean. I continued to listen to crackling noises on the different finish…. Then I hanged up.

From her tone, it was very straightforward to infer that I simply spoke to a wickedly merciless monstrous and unapologetically cruel youngster bully. I couldn’t think about myself caught up on this form of story, akin to the latest shenanigans in Dowen School Lagos. Or the Deeper Life Excessive College Uyo. I wanted to get to the foundation of this. I referred to as up my relations and requested them if they’d want to inform this story to the world. They consented and sat down with me to reveal all of it…

Ndifreke accosted Udeme this morning at college, accusing her of violating the varsity’s costume code. The cost was that her faculty uniform was too quick, and goes towards the Bible, which (in keeping with Ndifreke) kinds the ethical pillar of the varsity. She needed to strip the kid down. She does it to different college students. The kid tried to run away. Ndifreke descended on her, utilizing each weapon inside her attain: cane, stick, planks, and many others. From the top to her again, shoulder, thighs, legs, and many others. There have been bumps, blood and bruises. She appeared like a fortunate survivor, out from a bombed-out rubble in a battle zone. The top bulged out. The eyes blood-shot. He pores and skin peeled right here and there, lacerated and bleeding. She left the varsity by foot and in pains, and walked dwelling by foot, a number of kilometers away. Alone. With no mercy. Or cash. Or pity.

The mom who dropped her off only some minutes earlier, couldn’t perceive the flip of occasions. She actually ran mad. My youngster? Who? How? Why? Questions. Extra questions. No reply….

I’m instructed that King Solomon Secondary is a infamous haven for youngster abuse. I’m instructed that tales abound within the colleges’ WhatsApp group of comparable outrageous incidents, wrought on feminine college students by the belligerent Mrs. Ndifreke, who operates above and past the legislation, and whose conduct goes unchallenged. I might visualize her cold-heartedness from my little cellphone encounter along with her this evening. She was neither remorseful nor contrite. She sounded bellicose and haughty. She will need to have gulped from the forbidden jar of intoxicating uncooked bare energy, luxuriating with the self-assurance that the authorities which ought to regulate the conduct of faculties, are too impotent and too torpid to behave. She loathes the concept she broke the Little one’s Proper Act by bodily harming a toddler that was left underneath her paid-care, on the primary day at college. After the Christmas break – the symbolism of affection itself.

I’ll let the images and movies that observe, do the remainder of the speaking. I do know that the mother and father of Udeme, reported the abuse to Ewet Housing Police Station, which issued an extract for medical help to the sufferer. I’m including my voice to sentence this unconscionable act of disproportionate violence by yet one more faculty, on the physique and flesh of the woman youngster. I name on the authorities, particularly the federal government of Akwa Ibom State to swing into motion, arrest and prosecute all these concerned on this crime and take each motion mandatory, in the direction of saving our colleges from persevering with to function slaughterhouses for our youngsters.

I do know I’ve supported the usage of sturdy disciplinary strategies in colleges previously, to assist mould the character of the kid. However I by no means supported any type of bodily harm or breaking of the legislation to hurt any person’s and anyone’s youngster within the title of self-discipline. It occurred to my very own very pricey and valuable good friend, Udeme, as she spends this evening within the hospital. At present ……




In response to the declare, the varsity said that Mel’s account is an exaggeration of what occurred. They confirmed that the incident centered on the scholar sporting “quick faculty uniform“, however accused the scholar of “rebuffing and muttering offensive phrases to the employees“.

Their assertion learn;

“On Monday, January 10, 2022, the resumption day of (the) second time period for the 2021/22 session, a feminine pupil in SS3 was noticed coming to highschool with (an) inappropriate costume, a skirt with (an) edge above the knees.

“One among our employees, Mrs Ndifreke Etim, who’s a member of the Administration Board, accosted her on grounds of the flawed dressing, however the stated woman rebuffed, muttering offensive phrases to the employees, a behaviour that prompted the usage of cane on her,” Ubong Akpan stated in a press release on Tuesday.”


The varsity revealed that the woman’s mother and father weren’t happy with the incident, however that its administration have been already on the matter earlier than it was “overblown and brought to social media”.

The assertion added,

“Whereas it’s apparent that the model of the story circulated by Mr Mel is an exaggeration of the true state of issues, we acknowledge the established grievances of (the) woman’s mother and father who’ve remained dependable stakeholders in our faculty and have taken steps to resolve the problem amicably.

“It also needs to be recognized that our faculty has by no means condoned youngster abuse of any form, or harbour abusers. Our employees are effectively cultured and our college students are bred in keeping with accepted requirements of faculty administration. The employees in query is one in every of our greatest and doesn’t deserve the disagreeable tags on her character.”


Responding to the declare made by the varsity, Mel wrote,


Ordinarily, I’d not have continued to hitch points with the house owners, Administration and Workers of King Solomon Secondary College – Uyo, over the now-viral case of kid torture, abuse and molestation which I painstakingly reported two days in the past, and which is attracting the eye of related law-enforcement businesses.

I’ve nevertheless been compelled out of that self-imposed hiatus to challenge this assertion, by the hurriedly cobbled self-indicting Press Launch, issued by the varsity immediately, twelfth January 2022, signed by one Obong Ubong Akpan who claims to be the Principal of the varsity whereby, my title was copiously talked about.

I’ve taken time to parse the discharge and I make daring to state as follows:

1. I have no idea the proprietor, employees or house owners of King Solomon Worldwide College. Not the least Mrs. Ndifreke Etim and so, I’ve nothing personally, towards them.

2. The story of the abuse of girl-child Udeme which I broke, has simply been validated by the varsity as true, by the confessions contained within the stated press assertion.

3. Particularly, paragraph two of the press assertion, reproduced as follows, says all of it:

“On Monday, January 10, 2022, the resumption day of second time period for the 2021/22 session, a feminine pupil in SS3 was noticed coming to highschool with inappropriate costume, a skirt with edge above the knees. One among our employees, Mrs Ndifreke Etim who’s a member of the Administration Board accosted her on grounds of the flawed dressing, however the stated woman rebuffed, muttering offensive phrases to the employees; a conduct that prompted the usage of cane on her.”

4. Using cane on her for getting to highschool with mini-skirt and muttering offensive phrases towards a Administration Board member is strictly the unarguable validation of the reality, concerning the tradition of coldblooded callous child-abuse, laceration, torture, harm, and many others., which the varsity and her Administration have normalized.

5. Their obstinate refusal to grasp that the brutality visited on citizen Udeme by them, is towards the legal guidelines of the land and runs opposite to the UN conference on the rights and safety of the kid, Nigeria’s Little one Rights Act (CRA) and different legal guidelines enacted to guard youngsters from bullying, torture, battery, cruelty and abuse speaks quantity in regards to the form of horror underneath which youngsters exist within the faculty and of their minds.

6. Extra particularly, I want to remind King Solomon Colleges to seek out time to review the statutes, vis-à-vis their accountability to the kids whom they’re paid and licensed to show. The next clauses within the Little one Rights Act (2003) readily come to thoughts:


Each youngster is entitled to respect for the dignity of his particular person, and accordingly, no youngster shall be:

(a) subjected to bodily, psychological or emotional harm, abuse, neglect or maltreatment, together with sexual abuse;

(b) subjected to torture, inhuman or degrading therapy or punishment

(c) subjected to assaults upon his honor or status;

NIGERIAN CHILD RIGHTS ACT SECTION 221. Restriction on punishment

(1) No youngster shall be ordered to be

(a) imprisoned; or

(b) subjected to corporal punishment or

(c) subjected to the loss of life penalty or, have the loss of life penalty recorded towards him.

7. By attempting to show the story towards me as one Celestine Mel and exonerating the assailant/youngster abuser – Mrs Ndifreke from blame, whom the assertion venerates as one in every of our greatest and doesn’t deserve the disagreeable tags on her character I dare say, King Solomon remains to be residing within the fading phantasm that the varsity and her promoters are above the legislation and would proceed to advertise their tradition of violence primarily based on so-called excessive ethical commonplace with zero tolerance for indiscipline with out regrets.

8. The bodily torture of citizen Udeme, regardless of her offense, whom they admittedly and wickedly bruised and scarred, has accomplished extra injury to the already dented picture of the varsity than I might probably do.

9. It isn’t true that the varsity took any steps to achieve out to the mother and father of the sufferer to assuage the harm and trauma that they visited on their youngster till I broke the story. Certainly, they began operating from pillar to publish after it turned apparent yesterday that my expose would flip the worlds consideration to their reprehensible (and illegal) modus operandi. They’ve despatched a number of emissaries to me to drag down the story in order to guard the funding that the late proprietor made at school. I’ve all of the conversations recorded within the clouds and would publish them on the acceptable time if the necessity arises.

10. What I’ve nor coronary heart is what they’d do to re-orientated their abusive board members on trendy youngster care methods and penance for the callous brutality on citizen Udeme.

10. The general public ought to notice that I reached out to the varsity on the evening of tenth January 2022 (12 hours after the incident) to listen to their facet of the story for stability, however Mrs. Ndifreke roundly and arrogantly rejected the chance and selected slightly to threaten me with courtroom motion if I dared publish this damming expose. I printed this story after I used to be satisfied that they broke the legislation and have been merciless.

11. This complete challenge means a lot to me (a proud father of tender youngsters myself and the son of a instructor who was a strict disciplinarian himself) and I’d by no means stand anybody who brutalizes my youngster the way in which Mrs. Ndifreke did, regardless of the provocation. Torture isn’t self-discipline. Damage isn’t morality.

Lastly, I undertook this mission with the intention to spark frank dialog about these accepted abusive practices, to attract world consideration to the scourge of kid abuse in the environment and to let folks know that now we have left the barbarian age way back. Torture and molestation that also exist in our faculty system isn’t solely injurious to the kid, however breeds additional violence which metastasizes to create the violent society all of us dwell in immediately. Extra so, it’s a crime. It’s unthinkable {that a} licensed faculty would admit publicly (on this century) that it used cane on a 16-year previous as a result of she wore skirts above her knees and muttered abusive phrases to a administration employees to the extent of lacerating her physique; and is gutsy sufficient to assert that the general public ought to disregard any publication looking for to discredit our faculty as it’s our continued imaginative and prescient to boost accountable people within the society, give worth to schooling system in addition to relentlessly advocate for the fitting of each youngster. Everybody involved with this dastardly act should be punished to function deterrent to different colleges, who make violence towards youngsters their go-to pastime. We will unravel this.