A primary school teacher in Adamawa State, Mr Nathan Yusuf, who was arrested for defiling and impregnating his 12-year-old pupil, has confessed to giving the victim codeine before having carnal knowledge of her.
Yusuf was arrested by officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps after the victim, who became pregnant as a result, narrated her ordeal to her parents.
The suspect, who before the incident was a welcome guest in the homes of most parents and guardians of pupils of the Gurel Primary School, Namtari, was said to have taken advantage of his position to perpetrate the act.
Trouble started for Yusuf when the victim’s parents and other members of the community noticed changes in her physical appearance and suspicion grew that she could be pregnant.
When she was confronted, the victim narrated what transpired between her and the teacher. Her statement led to the suspect’s arrest.
The Adamawa State Commandant of the NSCDC, Abdullahi Nurudeen, confirmed the development.
He said, “On September 2, 2019, around 2.30pm, we arrested one Nathan Yusuf, 37, a teacher at the Gurel Primary School, Namtari, in the Yola South Local Government Area, on the suspicion of defiling a pupil in his class, who is below 14 years. He has confessed to giving her codeine syrup before defiling her.
“As soon as we finish our investigation, the suspect will be charged. We are advising parents to be very vigilant and report such crimes to the relevant authorities for appropriate action.”
An uncle to the victim, Sulaiman Namtari, who also spoke about the incident, said the entire community was in shock because the suspect was a respected teacher, who was welcomed in every home.
“What he did was perfidy of the highest order and for that, we want the authorities not to spare him,” Namtari said.
The suspect, who was paraded before reporters, blamed his actions on the devil.
He accepted responsibility for his actions and promised to take care of the baby after its delivery.