A private school teacher in Ondo State has been convicted and jailed for allegedly drawing pupils’ blood for ritual. The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph, gave the name of the teacher as Blessing Omowera.
The incident occurred on May 16 at at God Heritage Nursery and Primary School, Ondo town in Ondo West Local Government Area but was reported to the police the following day.
Blessing Omowera was arrested along with an alleged accomplice, Sola Kalejaiye, who is a teacher at Saint Monica Girls Grammar, also in Ondo town.
The teachers were arrested for allegedly cutting the finger nails of the students and extracting blood from them for ritual purposes.
A source close to the police at the Ondo Area Command, where the incident was reported, said Omowera, a National Certificate in Education (NCE) holder, had on the fateful day allegedly cut the finger nails and extracted blood of two pupils of God’s Heritage Nursery and Primary School, Ondo and kept it inside her bag.
The pupils, whose names were given as Marvelous and Dominion (surnames withheld), were said to be pupils of primary three at God’s Heritage Nursery and Primary School. The girls are three years old.
One of the pupils was said to have complained of the pains to her father after the closing hours, which made one of the parents to have gone with her to the school.
He later reported the incident at the Ondo Area Command in Ondo town. Shortly after Omowera was arrested, she made a confessional statement at the station and mentioned her alleged sponsored, Kalajaiye, who is a teacher and a traditionalist.
When the news of the incident broke, parents rushed to the school and other private schools to withdraw their children.
Kalejaiye, who was subsequently arrested by the police, was accompanied to the station by his lawyer. Members of his family and friends intervened. He was immediately granted bail on self-recognition. Joseph said the two teachers initially confessed to the crime but Kalejaye later withdrew his confessional statement.
The PPRO said the culprits had been charged to court. He said Omowera, who pleaded guilty, had been convicted and sentenced to prison while Kalejaye’s case was pending in court.