By Wole Mosadomi
Minna—The 16-year-old student of Government Secondary School, Tunga, in Minna, Niger State (names withheld), allegedly impregnated by her Vice Principal, Mohammed Mohammed, has given birth to a baby boy.
The girl, who gave birth in Injita village, Munya Local Government Area of the state two weeks ago, narrated the ordeal she went through before she gave birth yesterday, in Minna.
According to her, “I did not receive any assistance from the Vice Principal, Mohammed Mohammed, despite the agreement between him and the Child Rights Agency.
“I am not happy that I am now a mother at this tender age. But I will not allow the development to dampen my morale, because my dream is to become a Nurse.”
While calling on the government to assist her realise her dream, she said she cannot take care of the child alone.
Her father’s story
While calling on the government to step into the matter, her father, Mr. Haruna Galadina, said her daughter was abandoned during the period of her pregnancy.
The Director-General of Niger State Child Rights Protection Agency, Mrs. Maryam Kolo, said part of the Agency’s demands to the state Ministry of Education was that some part of the accused’s monthly salary be given to the victim for her upkeep.
She gave assurance that the agency will get justice for the victim and see that she returns to school.
Suspect in the dock
Recall that the Vice Principal, Mohammed, was arrested and arraigned before a Minna Magistrate’s Court April, on a two-count charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a child, impregnating a female student and was remanded in prison custody for three months after he pleaded not guilty to the charge and applied for bail.
Magistrate Fatima Auna granted the accused N1 million bail, saying her decision was in line with Sections 35 and 36 of the 1999 Constitution, and Sections 341 and 342 of the Criminal Procedure Code.