Panic in Kano boys college over sodomy
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.
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