Panic in Kano boys col­lege over sodomy

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There was panic yes­ter­day at Has­san Ibrahim Gwarzo Board­ing Sec­ondary School, Kano over al­leged sex­ual as­sault on the stu­dents of the school by some uniden­ti­fied per­sons.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port aired by a Kano based pri­vate ra­dio ( name with­held) on Wed­nes­day’s night, some stu­dents of the school were re­ported to have been car­nally abused by un­known per­pe­tra­tors.

But the pro­pri­etor of the school, Pro­fes­sor Ibrahim Ayagi, de­scribed the re­port as work of some mis­chief mak­ers, who were de­ter­mined to de­stroy the good im­age of the school.

How­ever, he con­firmed that about five JSS 1 stu­dents had com­plained to the school author­ity twice that the first week they re­sumed to the school, an uniden­ti­fied per­son has tried to re­move their trousers in the night but quickly dis­ap­peared when he re­al­ized that the stu­dents were about to raise alarm.

He added that also on the sec­ond week of re­sump­tion, the same stu­dents have re­ported sim­i­lar case to the school man­age­ment.

He said when the prin­ci­pal re­ported the case to him, he di­rected that ev­ery JSS 1 stu­dent should be at­tached to a pre­fect as a tem­po­rary mea­sure of re­oc­cur­rence in­ci­dence.

But one of the al­legedly as­saulted boys (name with­held), whose voice was aired by the ra­dio sta­tion, con­firmed that he was sex­u­ally ha­rassed by an uniden­ti­fied per­son who cov­ered his mouth and force­fully sodomised him.

The stu­dent fur­ther con­firmed that an­other JSS 3 stu­dent also in­formed him that some­body has been as­sault­ing him sex­u­ally since his first year in the school.

Ha­jiya Hal­ima Muham­mad, a mother who spoke to Daily Trust at the school shortly af­ter she met with her two chil­dren that were school­ing there, said that her chil­dren, JSS 1 and SS3 stu­dents, have con­firmed to her that cases of sex­ual ha­rass­ment do hap­pened in the school.

She said: “I will not take away my chil­dren from the school be­cause such cases do hap­pen in most schools in­clud­ing day schools and I don’t want to run away from bad to worst. I will rather leave them here and con­tinue to pray for them.”

But Ha­jiya Maimuna Sa’idu Bello, who also vis­ited the school yes­ter­day said: “if not be­cause my hus­band has di­rected me to wait un­til he comes back, I will right away go home with my chil­dren to­day (yes­ter­day). From what I ob­served the school pre­vent­ing of such author­ity is hid­ing some­thing and only in­ves­ti­ga­tion can un­veil the truth of the mat­ter.”

Mrs. Bello there­fore called on gov­ern­ment and the po­lice to con­duct thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion on the mat­ter with a view to sal­vaging the stu­dents, par­ents and even the school author­ity by re­veal­ing the truth of the whole is­sue.

An­other par­ent, Malam Saleh Has­san told our reporter that, his chil­dren have con­firmed to him that there was no such is­sue in the school and that he will not re­move them from the school.

“I be­lieve what my chil­dren said about the is­sue on ground and I will al­low them to con­tinue school­ing there. I have quizzed my chil­dren through var­i­ous ways to find out the truth of the mat­ter but they in­sisted that there was noth­ing like that hap­pen­ing in the school and I am okay with their ex­pla­na­tions,” he said.

When asked on the ac­tion the man­age­ment of the school will take, Prof. Ayagi, said he will not let the mat­ter to die just like that, not­ing that “I am com­pil­ing my facts and I will take le­gal ac­tion on who­ever is found to be an ar­chi­tect of this fab­ri­cated ru­mor. I am sus­pect­ing one of the par­ents to be the ar­chi­tect of this false in­for­ma­tion.”

Ayagi ex­plained that “the man came to the school try­ing to take away his child but I pleaded with him not to do that be­cause some stu­dents do tell their par­ents such false sto­ries in or­der to con­vince them to take them away from the school but he in­sisted that he wanted to take away his child.

“Af­ter a long ar­gu­ment, I al­lowed him to take his child but pleaded with him not to spread the false in­for­ma­tion so that the name of the school and in­deed the stu­dents can be pro­tected. So, I think he used that against me and the school. It is my fault but I will fol­low ap­pro­pri­ate chan­nels to ad­dress the mat­ter squarely,” he said

When con­tacted, the Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tion Of­fi­cer, Kano state com­mand, ASP Ma­gaji Musa Ma­jia, con­firmed that some­body who claimed to have a son in the Has­san Ibrahim Gwarzo school has re­ported to the po­lice that his son was sex­u­ally as­saulted in school dur­ing the night hours.

Ma­jia said: “we have taken the boy to Nas­sarawa hospi­tal to as­cer­tain his claim sci­en­tif­i­cally and we are still wait­ing for the med­i­cal re­port from the hospi­tal.”

Mean­while, he said the po­lice com­mis­sioner, Al­haji Muham­mad Musa Katsina, has di­rected for the trans­fer of the case to Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment (CID) for deep in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the case. Ek­iti state Gover­nor Ay­o­dele Fayose has blamed lec­tur­ers for the in­creas­ing sex­ual ha­rass­ment and cultism in ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions in the coun­try.

He dis­closed this yes­ter­day dur­ing the con­vo­ca­tion of Ek­iti State Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion, Ikere, where over 2,000 stu­dents grad­u­ated.

The gover­nor said apart from per­pe­trat­ing sex­ual ha­rass­ment against young ladies and vic­tim­iz­ing the male stu­dents, some lec­tur­ers also en­gaged in In­dian hemp smok­ing and spon­sor­ship of cultism.

“What pains me most is that some of our lec­tur­ers also, who are to teach the morals are en­gag­ing in In­dian Hemp smok­ing. They ha­rassed the fe­male stu­dents sex­u­ally. They ha­rassed the male stu­dents as well.

“They should un­der­stand that th­ese stu­dents they are either ha­rass­ing or vic­tim­iz­ing could be theirs and they should know that what­ever we do shall count against us on the judg­ment day,” Fayose said.

Photo Omirin Olatunji

Res­i­dents look at a poster of Boko Haram sus­pects de­clared wanted by the mil­i­tary author­ity in Maiduguri on Wed­nes­day.

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