Parents of the 11-year-old victim of purported sexual molestation in the Uyo campus of Deeper Life High School in Idoro, Akwa Ibom State, Don Davies, are demanding N100m compensation for the torture their son was said to have been allegedly subjected to in the school.
The parents, Mr and Mrs Archibong, disclosed their demand through a letter addressed to the principal of the school, titled ‘Gross child abuse, palpable molestation, serial bullying, criminal starvation, malicious oppression, and dubious maltreatment of Master Don-Davies Archibong (11 years old) by the principal and Boarding Master, Deeper Life Secondary School, Uyo.’
The letter dated 22 December 2020, a copy of which was obtained by journalists, was sent through their solicitors, Eagle-Eyes Network Chambers, and signed by David Okokon.
The school, in the letter, was given 21 days to effect payment of the N100m compensation.
It read: “We are solicitors to Mr. and Mrs, Iniobong Archibong, resident in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State and herein after referred to as our client. We have the firm explicit and unequivocal instructions to write to you on the above subject matter.
“It is indeed provocatively heartbroken, morally suicidal and religiously hypocritical that our client’s 11-year-old son was torrentially bombarded with physical and inhuman torture of debilitating dimension with resultant castration of his human person, dignity and childhood innocence.
“We respectfully demand the payment of N100,000,000 within 21 days of the receipt of this letter as compensation to assuage the dehumanising, horrendous torture and indignity our client’s son was subjected to and for his medical checkup and medication.
“We demand that Deeper Life High School, Idoro, Uyo, publish an unreserved apology to our clients in two national Newspapers; PUNCH, THISDAY, and any other two local newspapers circulated within Akwa Ibom State and its environs,” the letter said.
However, Akwa Ibom State Government had withdrawn from investigations into the alleged sexual molestation of the boy, as announced in a statement by its Information Commissioner, Mr. Ini Ememobong, on Thursday.
Noting the intention was to allow the police carry on with its investigation, the commissioner said government was committed to exposing the truth, appealing to members of the public to exercise patience while the police carried out a thorough investigation.
He spoke: “The state government will upon receipt of the report take necessary actions thereto.”