This is just so heartbreaking. To think that this has been the tradition, girls going to school in fear. What kind of society do we live in, where girls can be molested and violated in broad day light and people stand there watching and recording. Girls, scared to go to school as they might get raped, because some boys think its fun, some kind of stupid tradition. They probably know that they will get away with it. There should be consequences for all these things. Where has the Lagos State Government been all these years that this has been going on?
I am not understanding why Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, said that preliminary investigation has revealed that there were no indications that the schoolboys’ actions could be termed as rape. What about attempted rape? So they will just get a slap on the wrist for their actions. Honestly, there has to be stringent laws to deal with these issues in Naija.
We need to introduce sex education in our secondary schools, so that children understand that consent is really important. Students need to be taught on sexual and gender-based violence and that all women and girls have the right to live free of violence and abuse. We need to do this, so that we don’t end up breeding rapists.
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After an eyewitness shared on social media how final year secondary school students sexually assaulted their female counterparts on their last day in school at Falomo, Ikoyi, Lagos, in what has been described as a “tradition”, the Lagos State Government is said to be hunting for the students responsible.
Saturday PUNCH learnt on Thursday that four of the students of Ireti Grammar School, Falomo, Lagos, have been arrested after the Lagos State Government tasked the police with tracking the perpetrators down.
According to the story shared by Michale Matthew, female students of Falomo Senior High School, who had just finished their final exam were targeted by male students of Ireti Grammar School, South West Ikoyi, who had also taken their last paper on Wednesday.
Matthew gave a graphic account of how some of the students pinned down their struggling victims, as their colleagues herded around, cheering the assailants.
“I walk towards them and as I make my way towards them, I see another group and this time they have cornered one of the girls who fell while running from them.
“I see her kicked down, she bravely pushes herself up and another guy tries to clear her legs and she lunges at him and then a guy takes a pair of scissors in his hands and with one swoop tears her skirt from the bottom and also a part of the black spandex shorts she has on underneath.
Victims of rape
“All this happens really in a few minutes and he proceeds to push himself into her through her back. His trousers is open too and another one tries to do same from the front. As this is going on, the crowd of boys are wild with frenzy, cheering the two boys on, while grabbing at her hair, breasts and she is fighting for dear life.
Policemen from the Adeniji Adele Police Division, the Social Welfare Department of the Lagos State Ministry of Youths, Sports and Social Development and officials from the deputy governor’s office stormed the schools to trace some of the boys who could be identified as the perpetrators.
Some of the boys were later apprehended. The police are said to still be on the trail of other schoolboys who took part in the attacks.
But the Lagos State Police Command said there were no indications that the schoolboy’s actions could be termed as sexual violence.
A spokesperson for the command, Mr. Olarinde Famous-Cole, told our correspondent that reports from the police division in the area so far show that the case may not be rape.
He said, “As it is, there is no indication of rape. The report the division gave us is that students had rivalry and differences. The division called in some of the students to the station and would also be contacting their parents as part of the investigation. As I speak with you, the DPO said there is nothing like rape.
“When we have evidence through the reports of the state government, parents and the victims, we would be able to shed more light on the nature of what took place that day.”
But there are indications that this practice may not be new in some Lagos schools.
A resident of the neighborhood, Mrs. Bisola Aderiye, told our correspondent that usually, when students of public secondary schools in the area finish their final exam, tearing their school uniforms while male students assault the female have always been the usual thing.
Asked why residents such as herself failed to do anything whenever they witness such things, she said, “Some of those boys move around with knives and scissors. Because some of them live around here, they always do it where we people cannot catch them. But we are aware they do it.”
A resident said, “It is a so-called normal activity for the school leavers. They tear their uniforms (while) girls are raped and abused. In fact, count yourself lucky if raped by just a boy who protects you from being gang raped.
“Some girls absent themselves from school. Some wear three or four cycling shorts as protective wear; some bribe or pay for their freedom.”
**Culled from Sahara Reporters**