The management of the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, has suspended a teacher accused of sexually assaulting at least 14 pupils in the primary school where he teaches.
The teacher identified as Alhaji Usman Galadima teaches grade two pupils at Central Primary School Karabonde, Borgu Local Government Area of Niger state, was accused of sexually abusing female students in grades 2 and 3 and threatening to kill them if they tell anyone.
Some of the students opened up to the headmistress of their school, Maimunat Tanko, who then reported the matter to the Head Master, Mallam Abdullahi Toure.
The case got the attention of the social welfare department of Borgu LGA. This was followed by a visit from the Education Secretary of the council to the school. A committee was set up to investigate the matter on Friday, August 27.
After trying to deny the allegations against him multiple times, Galadima later confessed to the crime when he appeared before the committee.
A source, whose relatives are among the affected pupils said after Galadima confessed, it appeared the elders of New Bussa were trying to “cover up the case” and family members of victims are worried their kids may not get justice.
However, SUBEB has said that the accused deserves to be punished for what he has done, starting with a suspension.
SUBEB’s Public Relations Officer, PRO, Idris Kolo, told Daily Post “The accused is presently with Child Right Protection Agency. We have to move him from Borgu to Minna to save his life from mob action by the parents and families of the victims. They are all furious over what he did to their daughters.
“The management of SUBEB has suspended him because what he did cannot be swept under the carpet by anyone. The state Governor, Alh. Abubakar Sani Bello is not happy with the development.”
Also, confirming the incident, the State Police command through the Public Relations Officer, PRO, DSP Wasiu Abiodun said the State Commissioner of Police, CP Monday Bala Kuryas has ordered a thorough investigation into the case.
He added, “the social welfare unit of Borgu LGA reported an incident of defilement of 3 girls of central primary school, Karabonde to the Police on 27th Aug 2021.”