The operatives of Nigerian Police Force in Lagos state have apprehended two sisters identified as Ngozi Nnabude and Uchenna Agagwaonye for threatening the head teacher of Handmaids International Catholic School in Aguda Surulere, Rev Sister Mary Okolo, for being harsh to teachers.
The Police boss added that investigation showed that Agagwaonye, a teacher in the school, was frustrated by what she termed the highhandedness of the nun.
While speaking to correspondents, Agagwaonye, who teaches primary four pupils in the school, said she didn’t realise that the text messages sent to Okolo were threatening.
She said: “I have been teaching in that school for over 18 years. But Rev. Sister Okolo just joined us recently.
“I run a part time programme with University of Lagos. Before I went for leave, I went through the normal process of applying for my annual leave. And when I resumed, N12,000 was deducted from my salary.
“I went to plead with her concerning my salary, but said she would pay me when God touches her heart.”
Agagwaonye explained that last year, there was also an incident, where the former headmistress asked all staff to revise the exam questions with the students before the examination, but the assistant head mistress reported to the new head mistress that Agagwaonye was engaging in examination malpractice, adding that it was a lie from the pit of hell against her.
She said: “If I’m doing that kind of thing, how do I intend to teach the children morals? Six months later, we had an argument about the graduation. I was given a letter of suspension.
“All these didn’t make me happy, so I was the one that told my sister to send the threatening text messages.”
She further alleged that Okolo angrily sacked a security guard, after the latter caught her having s*x with a Rev. Father. Okolo also allegedly sacked some other teachers.
“I don’t want to kidnap or kill her. I sent the messages to her so that she would calm down on her wickedness. I only told her I would make the video clip of her s*x escapades public.
“I don’t even have any video, but the laptop repairer whom she gave her laptop to fix has video clips of her nudity. I didn’t know it would be assumed that I was blackmailing her. I am not a Catholic,” Agagwaonye said.
On her part, Nnabude said: “My sister took her annual leave to enable her write sit for her exams. When she resumed, Okolo deducted N12,000 from her salary.
“The woman always uses harsh words on my sister and her colleagues. She even used to tell them that they didn’t have anybody to fight for them and that she would frustrate them all. My sister asked me to send a message to the nun.
“I got involved in the case because it was my phone that was used to send her the messages. In the message, my sister talked about a s*x tape. We didn’t threaten to kill her.”
The Police commissioner noted that Agagwaonye decided to make life unbearable for Okolo by engaging her sister, Nnabude, a woman with an outstanding knowledge of computer and telephony.
The commissioner said that the sisters conspired to put the nun under constant fear and apprehension of imminent danger. When the threat to maim, kidnap, kill and expose her unfounded secret s*x life was unbaiting, the Rev. Sister reported the matter to the command’s Anti-kidnapping Unit.
“The intelligence component of the command was directed to unmask those threatening her. Investigations revealed that Agagwaonye’s role was to monitor Okolo and pass information gathered to her sister, Nnabude, who would then call Okolo on phone, describing her movement and clothes she wore. She would tell the petrified nun that, ‘you cannot hide from us! You’ll be killed soon’.
“Detectives investigating the case have been instructed to find out if the suspects have the capacity to carry out their threats, or if they are working with other criminals. The case will be charged to court as soon as the investigating is over.”
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