By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The Kaduna State Schools Quality Assurance Authority (KSSQA) on Friday, shut down two Islamiyah schools indefinitely over alleged rape of six year old girl and impregnation of 12 years old. The two schools are Madrasatul Ulumul Deeniya wa Tahfizul Qur’an and Tsohon Masallacin Juma’a respectively.
The grandmother of one of the victims, Hajiya Batul Gambo insisted that her grandchild was violated and had been confirmed by Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Yusuf Dantsoho Memorial Hospital Tudun Wada, Kaduna.
While Madrasatul Ulumul Deeniya wa Tahfizul Qur’an, School, located in Rigasa, was closed over an alleged rape of a six-year-old girl in the school premises, the other Islamiyah school, located at Tsohon Masallacin Juma’a in Kachia, in Kachia Local Government, was also closed down following an alleged impregnation of a 12-year-old girl by a 50-year-old teacher in the school.
The Overseer of the KSSQA, Mr Idris Aliyu, who shut down the Islamiya school in Rigasa, explained that the six-year-old girl was violated within the school premises and the school authority covered it up and claimed ignorance of the incident. Mr. Aliyu added that the information before the Ministry of Education showed that the survivor’s grandmother went to the school authority to complain but was allegedly beaten by students and teachers of the Islamiyah.
He said that Gov. Nasir El-Rufai has ordered that the Islamiyah be shut down indefinitely until investigation is concluded and the culprit produced.
He added that the headmaster of the school would be held responsible for the act until all persons in the school were profiled and the perpetrator identified by the survivor and prosecuted.
“The individuals responsible for the violence against the grandmother, especially the headmaster, will also be prosecuted.
“This is in line with the state government’s responsibility in protecting the vulnerable population in the state,” he said.
However, the headteacher of the school, Malam Kabir Abdullahi, denied the allegation, saying “it is not a rape. What we gathered is that an unidentified boy injured the girl in her private part with a stick.
Abdullahi said that the case was already being investigated by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Rigasa, ASP Abubakar Bauranya.
On his part, the DPO confirmed receiving the case and equally aligned with the narrative of the headteacher of the Islamiyah school.
But the grandmother of the survivor, Hajiya Batul Gambo insisted that her grandchild was violated and had been confirmed by Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Yusuf Dantsoho Memorial Hospital Tudun Wada, Kaduna.
A medical report signed by Dr A Raji confirmed Gambo’s claim that the six-year-old was raped.
Raji’s report attributed the bleeding to “virginal bruising of the labia minora, bilaterally periurethral bruising, heamatoma of the clitoris and laceration of the hymen.”
On the rape and impregnation of 12-year-old girl in Kachia, Aliyu said that the survivor was six months pregnant.
He said that the school was equally closed as directed by EL-Rufai, stressing that the safety of the pupils cannot be guaranteed.
He added that Commissioner of Human Services and Social Development, Hajiya Hafsat Baba, and the Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Halima Lawal would work closely with the police to investigate and ensure justice.
“Meanwhile, the two schools will remain closed until investigations are concluded and the culprit prosecuted in accordance with the law,” he said. End