Nigeria

Teacher held for raping, infecting 14 pupils with HIV

A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Following his escapades with the underaged, a middle-aged Grade two teacher, Usman Galadima, has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for defiling 14 pupils of Central Primary School Karabonde Borgu Local Government Area of Niger State.

This is as the Niger State Government has constituted a Committee to investigate the incident as he is said to have infected the children with the dreaded HIV an allegation not yet verified.

The state Child Rights Agency, Director General, Mariam Kolo had last week confirmed the incident.

The Committee set up by the government is to be headed by the state Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Hanatu Jibrin Salihu. Others are the Director of Child Rights Protection Agency, the state Commissioner for Women Affairs, the State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) among others in the state.

A top source told our correspondent that as soon as the state CID is done with the interrogation, the accused would be brought before the Committee for further questioning.

According to the source, “the Committee is travelling today (Sunday) to Borgu on four-day facts finding mission on the matter. The development is so pathetic”.

After the incident, the girls were said to have been taken to the hospital where it was discovered that the teacher who molested them is HIV positive.

A source whose relatives are among the abused pupils revealed that the families of the victims are worried the children may not get justice as it appears some elders in the community are trying to protect the accused.

Galadima who has already been suspended from work by the state SUBEB for allegedly assaulting the 14 girls sexually had confessed to the crime before a Committee constituted by the Councils’ Education Secretary, last week.

One of the parents who did not want her name mentioned said Galadima was reported in July when two female pupils summoned the courage to report him to the headteacher for molesting them sexually.

She said, “the pupils were afraid to speak earlier after Galadima threatened to kill them if they dare mention to anyone what he did to them”.

The case it was gathered was later reported to the headmaster of the school, Mallam Abdullahi Toure, by Hajiya Maimunat after which the accused teacher was summoned.

The state Commissioner for Education Hajiya Hanatu Jibrin Salihu could not be reached to react to the development.

Confirming the arrest of the suspect, the state Police command through the Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun said the suspect is with the Command over the allegations of sexual assault.

According to him, the suspect initially disappeared but was later arrested and transferred to Minna by the DPO of Borgu Divisional Police Station.

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