Abeokuta – Reverend Isaac Oluwole Newton-Wusu, the Director of Stephen Children Home, located in Abeokuta the Ogun State Capital, Wednesday, disclosed that foreign agencies have stopped grants and donations to the college because of allegation of sexual assault against him.
The Director of the Home, also known as Voice of Martyrs, told the Magistrate Court sitting in Odeda, Odeda Local Government Area of the state during a defamation case against staff of the college.
Newton-Wusu had dragged three staff of the college; Zingak Nengak Desh, 38, Austin Akinpelu, 51, and Saude Daniel Dogo, 39, before the court alleging defamation of his character.
The embattled College boss accused the trio of defaming him with a video titled, ‘Persecuting The Persecuted’ on Internet platform known as change.com, where he (Newton-Wusu) was alleged of having carnal knowledge of female students of the Home.
Newton-Wusu who was a witness in the case, had during a cross examination by the counsel to the defendants, Atanda Ibrahim said he received financial support in dollars from foreign donors to run the college.
He said part of the money is used to take care of the children in the Home.
“I received money in dollars, part of which is to take care of the children at the home. What they give us was not enough for care of the children, which is why I seek donations from other agencies.
“The students are about 400, they pay stipends as school fees,” he added.
He said he got to know about sexual assault allegation against him through an anonymous petition as well as a petition by Child Protection Network (CPN) a non-governmental organisation, NGO, which is into child right advocacy.
“The donors have since stopped the financial support after the allegation, which is in court. The past students were been sponsored. The female ex-students were paid to malign my character,” he told the court.
Newton-Wusu also said the Parents/Teachers Association (PTA) of the college was scrapped because it was fond of causing troubles.
When asked what qualified him to be address as a Reverend, he admitted not attending any theological college but only had training in Computer, and in further cross examination.
Meanwhile, after cross examination lasting about three hours, the magistrate, B.O. Ilo adjourned the case till 2nd, 3rd and 4th of May for continuation of trial.
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