From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state
The Kogi State government has described the alleged rape incident at Rock ‘N’ Gardens Montessori International schools Lokoja, currently under police investigation, as unacceptable with a vow to ensure that perpetrators of the act were brought to book.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Fatima Kabir Buba disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Lokoja on Tuesday.
She gave an assurance that government will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the alleged rape suspects face the full wrath of the law.
According to the Commissioner, the state government is determined to protect the girl child and weed out any bad elements that intends to destroy the educational system of the State.
Buba stressed further that the case has been reported to the State Ministry of Justice as all parties involved will face the full wrath of the law.
” This is totally animalistic, and disheartening. Imagine a Man who is supposed to teach and protect the child while in school was reported to have aided the rape of a 15 years old girl.
“This is uncalled for and a disgrace to the educational system with the crops of People that are mentoring our school children. When it comes to issues of children, His Excellency, Alh Yahaya Bello do not take chances. Kogi Government will not condole this satanic, insane act. There is need for all hands to be on deck to kick out all these bad elements from our school system” She explained.
The school management had earlier exonerated itself of any blame, stating that both the girl and the teacher were no longer part of the school when the incident took place.
According to the proprietor of the school, Mrs Ule Iduh, both the alleged perpetrator and victim were no longer under the custody of the school when the alleged offence was committed, pointing out that the said teacher, Abdulkarim Sule had resigned from the school in 2018 to join another organisation in Katsina State while the girl left the school in 2019 after her WAEC examination.