Angry residents in the Surulere area of Lagos reportedly beat up a school teacher, Benedict Ekpenyong, on Tuesday before dragging him to a police station for allegedly locking up a 14-year-old pupil in his room and attempting to rape her.
Punch reports the pupil, identified only as Blessing, was lured by Ekpenyong to his apartment at about 12pm. He subsequently bolted the door, raising suspicions from neighbours. Ekpenyong, a teacher in Akintan Grammar School on Akintan Street, Surulere, and Blessing, a pupil of the school, were in the room for a few minutes before a mob surrounded the house and tried to force the teacher’s door open.
When the door was forced open, the mob observed that Ekpenyong had allegedly attempted to have sex with the pupil, and beat him to a pulp. They then dragged him and the pupil to the Alakara Police Division at about 1pm.
An anonymous resident said the police had visited the teacher’s house to collect exhibits, adding that the neighbours became angry because Ekpenyong allegedly had a habit of bringing schoolgirls and locking them up in his room during school hours.
“I do not stay on Ogunfunmi Street but I knew when the mob went to the house. For several minutes, people gathered in front of the teacher’s room and asked him to open the door but he refused. Then, they forced it open. When they did, they found evidence that Ekpenyong might have attempted to rape the girl as the pupil was not the first person that would be brought to the teacher’s room. So, they began to beat him up. It was a major scene on the street.”
Ekpenyong has reportedly been detained since Tuesday, while the girl was taken away by the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team of the Lagos State Government for medical examination and rehabilitation.
The Coordinator, DSVRT, Lola Viviour-Adeniyi, said the team would write to the Ministry of Education to investigate the school as it had been reported that cases of sexual abuses were rampant in the school.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Joe Offor, who confirmed the teacher’s arrest, said the suspect is a part-time teacher with Akintan Grammar School, Surulere, and will be charged to court after investigation is concluded.