Comrade Rodney Nathan (pictured), the chairman of the #Adamawa State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), has refuted reports that a teacher raped a 12-year-old schoolgirl in Namtari.
Tribune Online reports that Nathan said the claims made by Adamawa Police command, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (#NSCDC), were premature, as proper investigations were not carried out before going to the press.
Comrade Rodney revealed that the relationship between the teacher and the schoolgirl was a known one to the parents of the girl and the society (Namtari) at large.
He said that as of the time Mr Yusuf was arrested, the keys to his room were with the girl in question, which he said suggested that the duo were consciously engaged in a mutual relationship.
However, while condemning rape as a crime, he vowed to decisively deal with any teacher found in the act.
The NUT chairman contended that “one cannot call a mutual relationship between a schoolgirl and her teacher who are mutually in love a rape case.”
He said from the report submitted by a panel of enquiry set up by NUT to investigate the matter, it became known that the duo had been lovers for at least six months.
Also, the NUT chairman the investigation committee’s report revealed that the schoolgirl “is carrying a six-month pregnancy, an indication that a long term relationship had existed between the teacher and the schoolgirl.”