The management of Joycare Greater Scholars Staff School, Lagos has debunked what it termed “Defamatory Campaign and Blackmail” against the school.

According to a statement signed by the Administrator of the school, Mrs. Margaret Oyesanya, “Over the past four months, a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Olusola have launched media campaign of blackmail against Greater Scholars staff school and Greater Scholars International Nursery & Primary and Secondary Schools, in Lagos.”

The school’s management also owns Greater Scholars International Nursery, Primary and Secondary schools. The statement is titled “Defamatory Campaign and Blackmail against Joycare Greater Scholars Staff School and Greater Scholars International Nursery & Primary and Secondary Schools.”

It states that the couple “alleged that their four-year old female child was sexually assaulted by a security staff of Greater Scholars staff school,” adding that “This allegation is unfounded, meritless, and is now a subject of litigation awaiting Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution’s (DPP’s) Advice.

“As a school, we take seriously the protection, safety, and well-being of our pupils. However, the staff against whom this allegation is made have strongly denied the allegation. The innocent 4-year-old child in question was never sexually assaulted by a staff of the school.”

The school’s management alleged that “The defamatory campaign launched in the media by Mr. and Mrs. Olusola and their shadowy surrogates are intended to blackmail the school and extort money.”

Giving more insight into the issue, the school notes that “The incident is alleged to have happened at the ‘Staff school’ facility which is entirely a separate location from Greater Scholars international Nursery, Primary and Secondary School, but Mr. & Mrs. Olusola for the past four months continue to misrepresent the facts in social media and in the mainstream media.”

It alleged that the motive of the parent’s “are to influence the outcome of the investigations and prejudice the minds of parents and the public at large,” adding that “They shall fail in their deceptive propaganda to force the school to reach settlement of any sort.

“Rape and child defilement are serious issues and should never be used as a ruse by manipulative parents to blackmail schools and extort money from individuals, as we are witnessing in the baseless claims of Mr. and Mrs. Olusola.

“We therefore urge the general public to beware of the desperate antics of Mr. and Mrs. Olusola, who have variously used the 4-year old child in question in their media campaign antics, including posting pictures of the child and using the child’s voice, thereby exposing the child to abuse.”

The school’s management urged “law enforcement agencies and the Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, (DSVA), Ministry of Youth & Social development to urgently consider filing an application for Emergency Child Protection Order for the 4 year old child in question.”

Noting its commitment to “continue to cooperate fully with the police, the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, and other agencies of government to unravel the truth and expose the dubious activities of Mr. and Mrs. Olusola,” the management vowed that it is “committed to safeguarding the best interest of the child and implement the rights of the child as prescribed in the Child Rights Law of Lagos State 2015.”

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