A 12-yr-old schoolgirl who was raped by her teacher in Namtari, Yola South local government of Adamawa State has been confirmed to be pregnant, parents and officials have said.
Fielding questions from newsmen in Yola, the Adamawa State Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), Abdullahi Nuruddeen said the culprit, Nathan Yusuf for raping the minor.
“As you’re all aware, that we ensure the safety of lives and property in our society, I always charge my men not to relent in their effort on arrest and prosecution of crimes, more especially the ones endangering the life of people like rape cases which is more prevailing in our society today.
” On 2nd September, 2019 around 2:30 pm, we arrested a suspect of rape in person of Nathan Yusuf (37) who is a teacher at Gurel primary school Namtari Yola south, suspected to have raped his primary pupil who is below 14 years of age which he confessed to have given her codeine syrup before raping her.
“As soon as we finish our investigation, the suspect will be charged to court. We are advising parents to be very vigilant on their children and report such crimes to the relevant authorities for judicial action,” he said.
Also corroborating, Barrister Bashir Tahir, a member of the Hope Center, which attends to the needs of rape victims in the state, said the girl has been put in the family way as a result of the rape perpetrated by her teacher, Nathan Yusuf.
“She has received all the needed support and the medical tests required. So far she is free from all sexually transmitted diseases. But she will start receiving anti-natal care next week at the Hope Center,” he said.
Tahir further that since the establishment of the center, over 160 rape cases were brought adding that 10 of them have been taken to the court.
Uncle of the victim, Sulaiman Namtari said the action of the teacher came to the community as a rude shock because the man was hitherto highly respected in the community.
“Every member of the community reserves tremendous respect for the teacher as he has been in the community for years. There is no house he doesn’t enter and every member of the community knows him very well.
” What he did was a perfidy of the highest order and for that we want authorities not to spare him,” Namtari said.
I regret my action- suspect confess
However while fielding questions from newsmen, the suspect Nathan Yusuf expressed remorse over his action saying that it was the prodding of the devil.
He pledged to take care of the baby after delivery adding that he will take full responsibility of his action.
‘’ I regret my action with was the handiwork of Satan and ever ready to take the full responsibility,’’ he regrets.
Rape cases have been on the increase and the state was gripped with shock recently after a 5-year-old girl was brutally raped as a result of which she sustained life threatening injury on her private part prompting rights groups to vehemently condemn the action.