Parents of three-year-old Valerie Oruade, in the company of some sympathisers, on Monday staged a protest over an alleged defilement of their daughter.
The protest was carried out at the gates of University of Benin consultancy Nursery and Primary School Ekenwan campus in Benin City, the capital of Edo State.
The aggrieved family members called on the management to produce the staff who allegedly defiled their daughter in school on November 8.
Expressing her grievance, the mother said: “My child could not talk because she was so tensed”.
She explained that after telling the school authorities, rather than taking immediate action, “they told me to protect my child’s image and shouldn’t allow anybody to know”.
A child rights protection activist, Jennifer Ero, who attributed the case to sheer negligence said: “We are saying that we send our children to school not to be defiled. If the schools can no longer protect our children it means our children are not safe”.
In reaction to the allegations, the spokesperson for the University of Benin, Michael Osasuyi, said the institution was aware of the incident and that the matter was being investigated by the police.
“When things like this happen, constituted authorities saddled with the responsibilities of taking charge of all of this, swing into action and that is exactly what the police is doing,” he stated.