*Pleads with victim’s father
Audio recordings of officials of His Grace Schools pleading with Mr. Vincent Fadunmade, father of then 7 year old pupil allegedly molested by a Yoruba teacher named Hameed Akorede has surfaced. The latest audio recordings have corroborated previous testimonies from eyewitnesses and others who had volunteered opinion on the allegations of child molestation levelled against the school.
Caption: Audio recording in which Apostle Joshua Adekanye admitted to the alleged child molestation. His words: “With what this girl said now, I have discovered that this is not the first time it is happening. We are guilty already.”
Early last year, specifically on 27th February 2020, Vincent Fadunmade, father of the pupil who was then seven-year-old, had accused one of the school’s teachers of touching his daughter’s private part in one of the school’s toilets.
Fadunmade had reported the incident to the Kwara State Police Command in late February and the Police subsequently filed a suit for sexual molestation against the suspect before the Family Court in Ilorin, on March 2, 2020. He also submitted a petition to the Commissioner of Police as well as the governor of Kwara State, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.
However, the child molestation case filed against the school teacher on behalf of Fadunmade by the Kwara State police command suffered several adjournments due to COVID-19 pandemic and the recent strike by judiciary workers in the country. Eventually, the panel hearing all cases at the Family Court was dissolved.
In a latest twist, INSIDER NG has obtained audio recordings that largely validate the allegation of attempted sexual molestation against the teacher. In one of the recordings, Joshua Adekanye, the proprietor of the school, was heard admitting to the offence in a meeting held on February 28, 2020, at the office of the Director of Quality Assurance Bureau, Ministry of Education, Kwara State.
“With what this girl said now, I have discovered that this is not the first time it is happening. We are guilty already,” he said.
On two other occasions, two teachers were heard begging Fadunmade not to take legal action against the teacher.
James Ayeni, one of the two teachers, would later ask Jimoh Ghazali, a worker at the Ministry of Education, Kwara State, to help mediate on the issue before it got to court. Ghazali, who expressed confidence that his Director could resolve the matter, was however angered by the disposition of the school’s proprietor when a resolution meeting between Fadunmade and Adekanye was held on July 8, 2020.
“Those questions had a deep insinuation. I was expecting the proprietor to be appealing to the girl’s parent instead of asking such sensitive questions.”
It would be recalled that this medium had published a story in which a man who lives close to the school alleged ritual motive to the child molestation incident https://insiderng.net/his-grace-schools-ritual-suspicion-trails-alleged-molestation-of-8-yr-old-pupil/. In its efforts to clear the image of the school from the scandal, the management of His Grace schools had arranged for some student leaders to issue a press statement exonerating the school from the allegation https://insiderng.net/nans-disowns-fake-official-hired-by-his-grace-schools-to-defend-child-ritual-allegations/. His Grace had lavishly and extensively promoted the statement of the student leaders at the time using its official website and social media pages.