By Sunny A Ijomah
Parents of the 13 kids defiled by a Grade School Teacher, Mohammed Galadima in Karanbanda, Borgu Local Government Area of Niger State have called for stiff punishment to be served on the suspect.
The parents, who said they were pained by what the teacher did to their children, said giving him a severe punishment would serve as a deterrent to others.
“We are pained by the way the teacher molested our little children. We are asking for stiff punishment to be served on him to serve as a deterrent to others who might have such an attitude not only in the State, but the Nation at large,” they stated.
One of the parents, Idris Haruna, motor mechanic, lamented what the teacher did to his five years old daughter, noting that unless Galadima is severely dealt with, he would not be happy.
The father of six explained that he was not aware of the development until the daughter told her mother of what the teacher did to her and she in turn reported the issue to him.
“The next day I rushed to the school and lodged my complaint, but I was told to go and that they will get back to me. Next I received a message that I should come to the school.
When I got there, I met other parents who came not only to report the issue, but to demand that the teacher be released to them to be dealt with. It took the effort of the school and some people to calm the situation that day,” he stated.
According to another parent Gambo, ”If not because they rushed him to Minna, the families of the defiled children would have mobbed him or killed him out of rage. Now, all we are asking for is for justice to be served to prevent this kind of issue from happening not only in the school but elsewhere as well as. He must not go unpunished,” he insisted.
He noted that though parents have a role to play in the upbringing of their children and wards, there is need for the school to also pay adequate attention to the kids, while in its custody to forestall future occurrence.
It would be recalled that about three weeks ago, Galadima was arraigned by the men of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCID) before a Minna Senior Magistrate Court Five on 13 different charges
Among the charges were unlawful sexual intercourse with a child, voluntarily causing grievous hurt and intimidation.
According to the first information report (FIR), Galadima’s action contravened Section 285, of the penal code and Section 19(2), of the child right law of Niger State 2010.
However, when the charges were read to him by the presiding Senior Magistrate, Hajiya Sa’adatu Gambo, the suspect who was allegedly confirmed to be HIV positive pleaded not guilty to the offences.