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.
Recall that Alhaji Usman Galadima, a grade two teacher of Central Primary School Karabonde, Borgu Local Government Area, Niger state, was accused of sexually abusing female students in grades 2 and 3 and threatening to kill them if they tell anyone (read here).
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 denying multiple times, Galadima is said to have confessed to the crime when he appeared before the committee.
A source, whose relatives are among the affected pupils, told LIB that 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, Idirs Kolo, told DailyPost: “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 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.”
Niger State Police Command 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.