Thursday, 7 April 2016

‘No evidence against suspects caught with sanitary pads’

There are indications that the Ondo State Police Command may not prosecute the suspects who were allegedly caught with used sanitary pads of students of the Federal Government Girls’ College, Akure for lack of evidence.
The two suspects, whose names were not disclosed by the police, were still in the police custody as of the time of filing this report on Wednesday
They allegedly picked the used sanitary pads of the girls from the school hostel for ritual purposes.
In her reaction to the matter, the state Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Hilda Harrison, said the police had not seen evidence to prosecute the suspects, stressing that the matter was under investigation.
She said, “The girls have a reason for their suspicion. We are Africans and we take our personal items seriously. The students alleged that some of their staff members were picking up their items from the dustbin. We have been able to get some of them for interrogation.
“Nobody was caught in the act of committing the crime. It was based only on suspicion and I am being very emphatic in saying that the students raised the suspicion. Nobody was caught in the act of removing the items.”
Meanwhile the Parent-Teacher Association of the FGGC, Akure has denied that the suspects took used sanitary pads of the students.
In a statement on Wednesday by the chairman of the association, Mr. Akin Ashimolowo, the PTA said the students had reported the matter to their house mistresses, who checked inside the bags of the suspects, but did not find any sanitary pad.
The statement said, “Our investigation revealed that some girls saw the cooks at the incinerator site, ostensibly gathering waste products. They were then accosted by the girls who searched their sacks and found items such as a spoon, a pair of slippers, a cooler and three used premier soap.”



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