A female teacher has been arrested by operatives of Borno State Police Command for allegedly defiling a four-year-old primary school pupil in Maiduguri, the state capital.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Sani Kamilu Shatambaya, who confirmed the arrest to journalists on Saturday, November 25, said a thorough investigation is on going adding that the case will be referred to court following the conclusion of the investigation.
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“The case is with the police and the teacher was arrested, “Shatambaya explained to newsmen on phone, continuing, “We are doing a thorough and objective investigation on the matter, and later refer it to court,” the PPRO said.
Speaking to newsmen, the father of the victim, Hassan Dala, alleged that the teacher used to hide his daughter inside her veil (Hijab) and used her finger to defile her.
“It happened in Golden Olive Academy, a Nursery and Primary school in Maiduguri,” Dala recalled.
“The teacher usually put my daughter inside her veil (Hijab) and forced the girl to suck her, while inserting her finger in my daughter’s private part,” the father told newsmen almost tearfully.
“One day, her mother observed the state of the toddler while bathing her; she started complaining of pains in her private part, but the mother first ignored it, dismissing it as normal.
“When the complaints persisted, the mother noticed blood in the child’s urine, and called my attention to it; We took her to a private clinic at Bulumkutu, Miyetti Clinic, where a doctor advised us to investigate what happened.
“An investigation at Umaru Shehu Hospital confirmed intrusion into the child’s private part,” the depressed and aggrieved father disclosed.
He called on the state governor in the spirit of the state’s Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act and the Child Tights Act to intervene and ensure justice for his child.
The Borno State coordinator of the National Human Right Commission, Jummai Usman Mshelia, confirmed knowledge of the case.
“Teachers in the school were paraded and the pupil pointed at the particular teacher,” Mshelia said.
She said the teacher was alleged to be in the habit of distributing chocolates to the pupils, “And, it was alleged that the teacher used the same bait to lure the child.”