The Peace Corps of Nigeria has said that a 24-year-old man, Olalekan Imran, who was accused of raping a 17-year-old pupil of St. Charles Grammar School, Osogbo, is not an officer of the security organisation.
The Commandant of the PCN in Osun State, Mr. Kayode Ayinde, said this while briefing journalists in Osogbo on Thursday following the report that Imran, who was arrested by the Police for allegedly raping the pupil within the premises of the school, is an officer of the security agency.
Ayinde said the suspect did not have an identity card, certificate, or the service number of the agency and his name is not on its data base.
The commandant urged the Police to prosecute Imran if he is found culpable of the offence, saying this would serve as a deterrent to other sexual predators.
The commandant said, “The suspect is never an officer of the Peace Corps of Nigeria. He is not known to us and that name is not in our database.
“It is true that he collected PCN forms but he is not one of us. We have traced his name and it is not in our database. We have over 118 officers of the PCN posted to schools all over the country and there is no single report of rape or sexual harassment from any quarter.
“Even the time quoted that the incident happened is not our resumption time. Our official resumption time is 7:30am and our officers do not do night shift; so, there is no way any of them could be in school very early in the morning.
“The Police should do a thorough investigation and prosecute him if he is found to have raped the pupil.”
Ayinde issued a letter dated February 26, 2016 and signed by the Secretary to Osun State Government, Mr. Moshood Adeoti, to buttress his claim that some other organisations were performing similar roles to PCN’s in Osun State schools before the government stopped them.
The commandant said the suspect might be one of the members of such organisations.
A female student of St. Charles Grammar School (name withheld) had accused Imran of forcefully having sexual intercourse with her on Wednesday.
The victim said Imran threatened to punish her for wearing a shirt on top of her uniform and she started pleading with him to pardon her, but he allegedly dragged her inside one of the offices and raped her.
She said, ” He (Imran) then pushed me inside their office. Because it was still early, no student was near the office. He asked me if I was a virgin or If I had a mobile phone and I told him I didn’t have a phone.
“Despite pleading with him to let me go, he pulled my skirt and muffled my mouth with his hand and raped me. When he finished, he warned that if I tell anyone, I would die.”
The suspect told journalists that he “smooched” the girl. And while he eventually admitted that he had sex with her, he claimed that it was not rape.
Imran also said he was not “a full member of the PCN” but that he was in the school to understudy the PCN members working in the school.