Director Of Stephen Centre Raped 20 Girls, Dehumanized Boys – Ex Students Allege

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Group of Youth Pathfinder for Positive Growth, in group photograph after briefing journalist at NUJ, In Kaduna on Thursday. Photo; BASHIR BELLO DOLLARS

By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

The Director of the Stephen Centre International, Reverend Isaac Oluwole Newton Wusu has been accused of taking undue advantage of children taking refuge at the centre, by raping the teenage girls and dehumanising the boys.

The accusation was leveled against him by the Concerned Past Students of Stephen’s Children Home (COPASSTECH), Abeokuta Ogun State, at a press briefing held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna State Council on Thursday.

“It is a great honour to stand before you on this very day to attest and speak out against the dehumanization, molestatation and abuse we are subjected to at the hand of the accused, Rev Isaac Oluwole Newton Wusu, who being our guardian decided to torment and violate our fundamental human rights under the disguise of sponsorship and scholarship at a named institution “Stephen Centre International” which is located at Abeokuta, Ogun State.

“It is on record that over 20 female students had been sexually violated by the accused Director. Interestingly, some of them are here today and are willing to testify on the horrific ordeal they experienced in the center.

“The male students on the other hand were subjected to dehumanizing and excruciating labour during the construction of some structures which were budgeted and paid for by foreign sponsors.

“You can imagine as little as we were; some of us were given some few slices of bread after a hard labour as a recompense for energy expended,” the group said, in the text of statement jointly signed by its National President, Ado Nicodemus Baggibawa, General Secretary, Bawa Victor Hassan and almost 40 former students of the centre.
They explained that as time passed by, they all began to notice some changes and differences in the way they were being treated, especially gender wise.

“This was out of the fact that the Director started taking undue advantages of the children especially the young teenage girls by luring and showering them with gifts in disguise of being his good friends which often leads to harassment and abuse of some of them.

“One of the victims stated that he put drugs in her drinks, only to wake up and discovered that she was stained with blood, another has it that being like a father he sent her to prepare his bed, only for him to tip toes after her and held her by the waist and told her he wants to have a taste of her, to this he promised to send money to her mother, brothers and sisters but because she refused to give in, he made her stay in the centre a living hell.

“It is widely acclaimed and known among the students at the centre that his victims call him names like Anaconda, kusa, Viju Milk etc,” they stressed.

They further explained that however, there was a certain time when report reached the foreign sponsors on the failing state and the dehumanizing practices that have eroded the centre.

” In 2012, some of those sponsors came to investigate the matter, however, the Director of the centre used the staff to intimidate the victims so as to exonerate and cover his evil practices as a remedy to the survival of the centre.

“We on the other hand, started holding meetings in various states of the country after noticing some of these anomalies. We subsequently had to solicit for a way forward which has been totally misconstrued by many in the first instance.
It is also worthy of note, that we wanted to solve the issue amicably as a family.

“So, some of us “the alumni” met the Director with our complains and discoveries but he on the contrary is disseminating false impression that we are only but sponsored to cripple his so called achievements.

” The director has been and is still using his influence, connections and spontaneous wealth to buy his way and change the narratives in his favour. However, the question we the victims have been asking is, how on earth, we all after going through this tragic experience can be subjected to this round of unimaginable insinuation which fundamentally has no base?

“Following our Press release in Ogun State on the 9th of January, 2018, Child Protection Network (CPN) Ogun State reported the case to the appropriate authority which was later taken to the court. It is so unfortunate that the case was never heard, no court appearance and no investigation was carried out, only to wake up one early morning and found a newspaper publication on “the Nation” that the case had been “stroked out”.

“Only leave us with a profound question of “is there nothing fishy about this whole issue of a case been struck out?” They queried.

They said that while in the centre, their education, feeding, clothing, and shelter were catered for by donations from various sister missions overseas, who made it possible for the Director to oversee the affairs of the institutions.

“These donations were generated on the basis of the unfortunate demise of one or both parents in the religious crisis through various publications and videos depicting the deteriorating state of our well being.

When contacted on phone, the Director of the centre said that those accusing him were financially induced to blackmail him.

He denied all the allegations and pointed out that already the matter was in court, wondering why they were still taking the matter to the press.

Attached below, is the full statement unedited:

A SPEECH PRESENTED BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATOR OF CONCERNED PAST STUDENTS OF STEPHENS CHILDREN HOME (COPASSTECH), ABEOKUTA, OGUN STATE.
ADO NICODEMUS BAGGIBAWA ON THE OCCASION OF A PRESS CONFERENCE HELD AT THE NUJ PRESS CENTER KADUNA, KADUNA STATE ON THE 26TH JULY 2018.
CHAIRMAN, NIGERIA UNION OF JOURNALISTS, KADUNA STATE COUNCIL
NIGERIAN ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN JOURNALIST
OTHER EXCUTIVE AND CONGRESS MEMBERS OF THIS DISTINGUSHED BODIES
OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THIS STRUGGLE
GENTLEMEN OF THE PRESS
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

It is a great honour to stand before you on this very day to attest and speak out against the dehumanization, molestatation and abused we are subjected at the hand of the accussed Rev Isaac Oluwole Newton Wusu, who being our guardian decide to torment and violate our fundamental human right under the disguise of sponsorship and scholarship at a named institution “Stephen Centre International” which is located at Abeokuta, Ogun State.
It is vital to note that Stephens Center International (Stephens Children Home) is an arm of the Voice of the Christian Martyrs Nigeria, an affiliate of International Christian Association (ICA). Stephens Center was established in the year 2000, with the aim to carter for the basic needs of children whom their parents were unfortunately killed during religious crisis in parts of Nigeria, some of which include Kaduna, Plateau, Kano, Yobe, Bauchi, Borno and Adamawa States.
It will also interest you to know that the first set of people to be adopted in this centre are from Kaduna State and form a significant percent of the abused and harass population, although a lot of them are never interested in speaking out due to the fear of societal stigmatization.
While in the centre, our education, feeding, clothing, and shelter were catered for by donations from various sister missions overseas, who has made it possible for the Director to oversee the affairs of the institutions. These donations were generated on the basis of the unfortunate demise of one or both parent in the religious crisis through various publications and videos depicting the deteriorating state of our well being.
As time pass by, we all began to notice some changes and differences in the way we were being treated especially gender wise. This arises out of the fact that the Director started taking undue advantages of the children especially the young teenage girls by luring and showering them with gifts in disguise of being his good friends which often leads to harassment and abuse of some of them.
One of the victims stated that he put drugs in her drinks, only to wake up and discovered that she was stained with blood, another have it that being like a father he sent her to prepare his bed, only for him to tip toed after her and held her by the waist and told her he want to have a taste of her, to this he promise to sent money to her mother, brothers and sisters but because she refused to give in, he made her stay in the centre a living hell. It is widely acclaimed and known among the students at the centre that his victims call him names like Anaconda, kusa, Viju Milk etc.
It is on record that over 20 female students had been sexually violated by the accused Director. Interestingly, some of them are here today and are willing to testify on the horrific ordeal they experienced in the center. The male students on the other hand were subjected to dehumanizing and excruciating labour during the construction of some structures which were budgeted and paid for by foreign sponsors. You can imagine as little as we were; some of us were given some few slices of bread after a hard labour as a recompense for energy expended.
However, there was a certain time when report reached the foreign sponsors on the failing state and the dehumanizing practices that has eroded the centre. In 2012, some of those sponsors came to investigate the matter, however, the Director of the centre uses the staff to intimidate the victims so as to exonerate and cover his evil practices as a remedy to the survival of the centre.
We on the other hand, started holding meetings in various states of the country after noticing some of these anomalies. We subsequently had to solicit for a way forward which has been totally misconstrued by many in the first instance.
It is also worthy of note, that we wanted to solve the issue amicably as a family. So, some of us “the alumni” met the Director with our complains and discoveries but he on the contrary is disseminating false impression that we are only but sponsored to cripple his so called achievements. The director has been and is still using his influence, connections and spontaneous wealth to buy his way and change the narratives in his favour. However, the question we the victims have been asking is, how on earth, we all after going through this tragic experience can be subjected to this round of unimaginable insinuation which fundamentally has no base?
Following our Press release in Ogun State on the 9th of January, 2018, Child Protection Network (CPN) Ogun State reported the case to the appropriate authority which was later taken to the court. It is so unfortunate that the case was never heard, no court appearance and no investigation was carried out, only to wake up one early morning and found a newspaper publication on “the Nation” that the case had been “stroked out”. This only leave us with a profound question of “is there nothing fishy about this whole issue of a case been stroked out?
I want to draw our attention to the fact that, we do not only speak and seek justice for ourselves, we speak and seek justice for the common man, woman and child in the street of Kaduna, Nigeria, Africa and the World at large, who are constantly abused and harassed by the people who thought they can bend or buy the law at any point in time in their favour.
We also want to bring to your notice that the situation in the center has become more precarious due to the obvious fact that most of the foreign sponsors of the center have stopped assisting since June 2016. Even though there is a significant help coming, the Director has made it a tactics to ensure the children in the centre are less fed while laying emphasis that we are the cause of their malnourishment.
In the middle of these challenges, we have vowed to continue with the struggle until justice is done on this matter even though the truth of the matter is; no amount of compensation will be a relief to the unpalatable experiences we had in the center. Today many of us are facing the usual societal stigma particularly the female ones who were sexually harassed by the director throughout the period of his “tutelage”.
We therefore call on the federal and respective state governments, of both the former and present students of the centre to assist on this matter so that justice will be gotten for us all. The state governments of the present students of the center should hurriedly put machineries on ground towards evacuating our brothers and sisters held in captivity in far away Abeokuta, Ogun State.
May I call on the federal and state governments, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) including other relevant stakeholders to henceforth officially take it upon themselves to continuously monitor the activities of these centers in the country, knowing too well that while some of them are established based on genuine course, several of such places are put in place to selfishly perpetrate acts of personal aggrandizements. I want to also urge the Kaduna State government to take this issue with all the seriousness it deserves considering a good number of its citizens languishing in the centre.
These, if hurriedly done would save a situation where other brothers and sisters left behind in the center would be turned into something else for no fault of theirs. For us here present however, the battle has just begun and hopefully by the grace of God, victory will certainly be ours at the end.
We finally want to still thank Nigerian Association of Women Journalist (NAWOJ) Plateau state branch for their relentless support throughout this struggle and the media here in Kaduna, we pray God to give us the grace to go through this, to the glory of His name. Amen.

__________________________ ________________________

Ado Nicodemus Baggibawa Bawa Victor Hassan
National President General Secretary
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Signed on behalf of the Concerned Past Student of Stephens Children Home and School Abeokuta, Ogun State Nigeria.
Lazarus Istifanus (2000-2009) Senior Prefect (2007/2008 academic session)
Joshua David (2000-2010) Health Prefect (2008/2009 academic session) COPASSTECH Financial Secretary.
Benjamin Magaji (2001-2011)
Ado Nicodemus Baggibawa (2004-2010) SCI Jos office staff (2015-2017), SCH alumni Sec. Gen. (2014-till date) Senior Prefect (2009/2010 academic session) COPASSTECH National Coordinator.
Musa Malachi Maikaje (2004-2010) SCH Alumni Chairman (Kano Chapter 2013-till date) Labour Prefect (2009/2010 academic session) and Art class Prefect, COPASSTECH Kano Coordinator.
Gyang Moses (2004-2010) COPASSTECH Jos, Coordinator
Joseph Mathias (2004-2011). Health Prefect (2010/2011 academic session) SCH Alumni Chairman (Kaduna Chapter 2013-till date). COPASSTECH Kaduna Coordinator.
Jonathan Osu (2006-2009) Time Keeper (2008/2009 Academic Session)
Bawa Victor Hassan (2005-2011) COPASSTECH General Secretary
AyubaBala (2006-2011)
Bawa Jude Gambo (2005-2011)
Isah SamailaNitte (2006-2011)
Isah AyubaMolta (2006-2011)
Shinkut Isah (2004-2012) Senior Prefect (2011/2012 academics session)
Musa JerusMaikaje (2004-2012)
Tanko Abednego Ali (2006-2012)
Tanko Meshach Ali (2006-2012)
Maaji Zipporah (2006-2012)
Tanko Shedrack Ali (2006-201)
Mary John Kubai (2006-2012)
Bawa Benjamin Masoyi (2005-2013)
Benjamin Safiya (2006-2013)
Rayner Susan (2008-2011)
Emmanuel Dogo
Benjamin Blessing (2007-2014)
Samuel Lydia (2008-2013)
Musa Rifkatu Maikaje (2006-2015)
Bala Deborah (2007-2012)
Elizabeth Dogo
Eunice Bitrus (2006-2010)
Bawa Sarah (2011-2017)
John Dennis (2000-2011)
Joshua Polycarp ( 2006-2011)
Mathias Deborah (2004-2016)
Istifanus Sandra (2004-2012)
Raymond Gandu

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