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HIV/AIDS: 14 pupils infected by a classroom teacher in Niger

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About fourteen school pupils
of Central Primary School, Karabonde in Borgu Local Government Area of Niger State have been defiled and infected with HIV/AIDS by Mr. Usman Galadima, a Grade Two Teacher.

Congress learnt the suspect has been arrested and detained by the police in the state.

Source said the Niger State Government has also constituted a committee to also investigate the allegation levelled against him.

The government committee is led by the state Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Hanatu Jibrin Salihu.

Other members of the committee include Director of Child Rights Protection Agency, the state Commissioner for Women Affairs, State Universal Basic Education(SUBEB) Board, among others.

Our reporter gathered that the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, has already suspended the suspect from work pending the outcome of the investigations by both the police and state government.

According to the source, “Already, the committee is now in Borgu on a four-day fact-finding mission on the matter. The development is so pathetic and it is being taken seriously.

“He has already confessed to the crime before a committee constituted by the council’s education secretary last week, but we still want to dig more into the matter.”

The state Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Hanatu Jibrin Salihu, could not be reached for details.

However, the state Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed the arrest.

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