The management of the State Universal Basic Education Board, (SUBEB) in Niger, has suspended Usman Galadima, a teacher, accused of sexually assaulting at least 14 pupils in the primary school where he teaches.
Galadima, who is said to be HIV positive, works as a grade two teacher at Central Primary School Karabonde, Borgu Local Government Area of the state.
He was accused of defiling female pupils in grades 2 and 3 and threatening to kill them if they tell anyone.
It was reported that some of the pupils opened up to the headmistress of their school, Maimunat Tanko, who then reported the matter to the head master, Abdullahi Toure.
The case attracted the attention of the social welfare department of the local government, forcing the Education Secretary in the state to visit the school.
The SUBEB was said to have set up a committee on August 27, to investigate the matter.
After denying the allegation several times, Galadima was said to have confessed to the crime when he appeared before the committee.
Elders of New Bussa have also been accused of trying to cover up the case, with families of the victims worried that they may not get justice for their children.
Idirs Kolo, SUBEB spokesperson, said the accused has been moved from Borgu to Minna, to save him from being mobbed.
“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,” he told Daily Post.
“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.”
Also, Wasiu Abiodun, Niger State Police Command Public Relations Officer, said the commissioner of police in the state has ordered a thorough investigation into the matter.