School teacher arrested for raping pupil in Aba

FILE PHOTO: A rape victim in Nigeria

A primary school teacher of a private school in Aba, the commercial centre of Abia State, simply identified as Mr. Nathani has been arrested and detained at the Aba Area Command of the Nigeria Police Force for reportedly having carnal knowledge of a 10-year-old female pupil in his class.

A close family source of the victim revealed that the teacher started abusing his pupil in January this year.

It was learnt that he threatened to deal with the child if she ever mentioned it to her parents.

The child was said to have summoned the courage to let the cat out of the bag last week when she approached the mother and narrated the incident to her.

Deal of the day

The father of the victim, Mr. Ignatius Onyechekwe when contacted confirmed the immoral activities of the classroom teacher.

According to Mr. Onyechekwe, they took their daughter to a popular private hospital off Georges road in Aba where it was confirmed that there was penetration in the victim’s private part.

When contacted, the proprietor of the school, Pastor Israel Chibunna confirmed that the staff is being detained at the Aba Area Command where he is being investigated by the police on the claims by the Onyechekwe’s family that the staff raped their daughter.

Pastor Chibunna stated that the teacher denied ever carrying out such act.

The school proprietor added that he was not going to speak further on the matter as the police was still investigating the allegation.

He also disclosed that the staff has been suspended from work pending the conclusion of the matter.

The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna confirmed the arrest and detention of Mr. Nathaniel in their custody.

According to Ogbonna, investigation into the matter is still ongoing as the police await the outcome of the medical report from the police clinic.

He added that the suspect will be taken to court as soon as investigation into the matter was concluded.