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Head teacher arrested for defiling six-year-old girl in Abuja

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Headteacher of a private school in the Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, has been arrested for allegedly defiling his six-year-old pupil.

The suspect, Shedrach Ozoemena Nwekeagu (30), was arrested by operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

The Head, Press and Public Relations Unit, NAPTIP, Stella Nezan, said that the victim’s father reported the matter to NAPTIP.

The father dashed to NAPTIP after his little girl started complaining of stomach ache and he noticed bloodstains on her underwear after she returned from school.

Nezan said: “Upon enquiry, she informed her parents that Nwekeagu had inserted his finger into her vagina the previous week, and a week later, he brutally raped her in the classroom after school hours while they waited to be picked up by their parents.

“Some teachers in the school also informed NAPTIP that they had their suspicions about Nwekeagu sexually molesting pupils in the school, but were afraid of speaking out because the suspect is a relative of the proprietress of the school, and they were afraid they would lose their jobs.”

The Director-General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, condemned the alleged rape, and assured members of the public that the suspect would be prosecuted under the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015.

The DG cautioned school proprietors to, “ensure they run a background check on the teacher they employ to teach the children, so as to avoid horrible incidents such as this.”

She said: “It is quite unfortunate that the teacher, who is meant to guide and shield a pupil, is the one who ends up molesting the child.”

The NAPTIP boss also encouraged members of the public to be vigilant and observe any lewd act being meted on any child, and not to hesitate in reporting such to the agency for investigations.

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