The Niger State Ministry of Education has suspended the Vice Principal of Government Day Secondary School, Tunga, Niger State, Mohammed Mohammed, who impregnated his 16-year-old pupil, Faith Galadima.
50 per cent of his salary has being withheld by the government who also ordered him take care of Faith Galadima and her baby for three years.
Justice for 16-year-old impregnated by Vice Principal: VP suspended, salaries withheld
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Yahaya Garba, on Wednesday said the accused had not been promoted or transferred by the ministry.
You recall, there were reports that the V.P, Mohammed Mohammed, had been secretly transferred from his school to an unknown school after he was arrested for impregnating his student, arraigned before a Minna magistrate court, remanded in prison custody, then granted a N1 million bail.
Garba said that the ministry was not shielding him from prosecution. His words:
“As a ministry, we did not want to make any public announcement of our stand, but because the issue has gone viral, we have to come out to state our stand.
I will like to say that the Niger State Ministry of Education is not in any way shielding Mallam Mohammed. When the case got to us, we directed the state secondary education board to set up a seven-man committee.
“Based on the recommendation of the committee and the acceptance by Mohammed that he committed the crime, the Ministry of Education has placed him on half salary.
“We have also mandated Mohammed to take up the upkeep of both mother and child for three years. Mohammed has not been promoted or posted anywhere. He is still serving his suspension. The ministry will finally decide on his case after the court has concluded deliberation on it.”
The permanent secretary further stated that the willingness of the ministry to pay the money needed to carry out the DNA test was to expedite the case in court.
Galadima was impregnated by her vice principal and her family had cried out for assistance from the state government after she gave birth, as they alleged that the accused had abandoned them.
The victim and her family had claimed that the vice principal had fled and his whereabouts unknown.