Niger teacher, on trial for allegedly defiling 13 pupils, HIV positive, remanded

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A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Minna, the Niger State capital, has remanded a primary school teacher, Alhaji Usman Galadima, who was accused of molesting 13 female pupils of the Central Primary School, Karabonde, in New Bussa Local Government Area.

The Chief Magistrate Court 5 sitting in Chachanga overruled the bail application and ordered for his remand at the Minna Correctional Centre till October 20 for hearing.

Recall that 13 female pupils; aged seven to 10 years of the Central Primary School, Karabonde, had accused one of their teachers, Galadima, of defiling them.

During interrogation, Galadima, who teaches Primary 2, confessed that he had only defiled five of the children, saying that he kissed some, asked some to show him their underwear, while he made the others to play with his manhood.

Five of the girls had earlier confirmed that he raped them.

Galadima was taken to the court on 13 counts, which included unlawful sexual intercourse, voluntary causing grievous hurt and intimidation to 13 pupils, among others.

According to the charges, the offences are punishable under section 285 and section 19, subsection 2 of the Penal Code.

When the 13 charges were read to him by Presiding Senior Magistrate, Hajiya Sta’adatu Gambo, the accused denied the allegation.

The Police Prosecutor, Abdullahi Mayaki, who kicked against the bail application of the accused, said investigation was still ongoing on the matter, which he said the bail might jeopardise.

“Granting him bail at this stage will jeopardise police investigation and likelihood of committing a similar offence; I object to his bail,” the prosecutor prayed.

Earlier, the defence counsel, Aliyu Shuibu, asked the court to grant his client bail considering his HIV status and needed to take his drugs regularly.

The Senior Magistrate overruled the bail application and ordered that the accused be remanded at the Minna Correctional Centre till October 20.

Punch editorial

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