A 38-year-old teacher has been arrested by operatives of the Gombe State Police Command for allegedly defiling four pupils, who are sisters.
This was made known in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mahid Abubakar, who disclosed that the victims are aged eight, nine, 12 and 14 years.
According to the police spokesperson, men of the command apprehended the suspect, identified as Abubakar Muhammed, for alleged sexual assault.
Following a complaint laid by the pupils’ father, Adamu Ali, the suspect was arrested on March 7 at about 11am, Abubakar said.
The crime was reportedly committed between Jan. and March 2023.
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“The suspect who resides in Malam-inna quarters, Gombe committed the offence at the Islamiyya school located in the same community.
”The victims were taken to the hospital for medical examination,” he said.
He further stated that the suspect had confessed to the crime and would soon be charged to court for prosecution.
In a related development, Mr Abubakar said three suspects were also arrested for defiling three sisters aged 12, 15 and 17.
He said the complaint was reported to the police by the girls’ father Aliyu Adamu of Malam Inna quarters and one Alhaji Abba who is attached to the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, Gombe State.
Mr Abubakar said the suspects, Sani Adamu, 50; Adamu Muhammed, 40 and Bakura Muhammed, 30 had confessed to the crime and would soon be charged to court for prosecution.
Speaking further, the police image maker revealed that two other suspects were also arrested for criminal conspiracy and armed robbery.
The police officer assured that the command was working to ensure that young persons and children across the state were secured from criminals, hence appeal for credible information from the public to rid the state of criminality.
He said, “The command wishes to once again call on parents or guardians to keep closer watch over their children and monitor their activities in schools, on errand or playing with their peers at public places especially girl child.”