A 45 years old primary school teacher has been arrested for defiling a 13 year old primary school pupil in Minna, Niger state.
The perpetrator, Musa Rabo was said to have lured the teenager into one of the classes at Umaru Farouk Bahago primary school in Minna, the state capital where he had carnal knowledge of her.
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Besides having carnal knowledge of the girl, the teacher also infected her with hipatitis disease.
According to report, the victim didn’t inform her parents with the development for fear of being scolded. However, the parents noticed uneasiness in the behaviour of their daughter and after proper investigations, the secret blew into the open.
When the matter was reported, it was alleged that the school authorities tried to cover up the case but the parents cried out and insisted for justice.
As a first step to affirm her health status, the little girl was taken to the Minna General Hospital for medical checkup where it was confirmed that she has been infected with hepatitis disease.
After confirming her health status, the case was then reported to the Niger state Police Command for further interrogation.
The state Police Command through it’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun confirmed the incident and said, “On 26/10/2022 at about 1300hrs, one Musa Rabo 45yrs ‘m’ of Dutsen-Kura Minna, who is also a teacher at Dr. Umar Faruk Primary School Keteren Gwari Minna was arrested based on a report made at ‘A’ Division Minna of an alleged suspected sexual assault of a 13yr female student of Waziri Primary School Bosso, Minna.
“However, the case is under investigation and the suspect has been transferred to SCID Minna for discreet investigation” the PPRO.
The Criminal Code Act, Chapter C39 Law of the federal Republic of Nigeria 2004,S ection 357-358 states that any person who has unlawful canal knowledge of a woman or girl, or with her consent, if the consent is obtained by force or by means of threats or intimidation of any kind, or by fear of harm, or by means of false and fraudulent representation as to the nature of the act, or in the case of married woman, by personating her husband is guilty of an offence which is called rape.
Any person who commits the offence of defilement is liable to imprisonment for life, with or without caning.
Everyone involved in this case should know that defilement of minors and every child under the age of 18 is a case against the state and all action taken must be in the interest of the child.