By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
The Vice Principal of the Government Day Secondary School, Tunga in Minna, Niger state has appeared before a Magistrates’ Court in the state capital for allegedly eating the forbidden fruit of one of his students and impregnating her.
A Minna Senior Magistrate Court presided over by Fati Abdul Auna has ordered that the accused, Mohammed Mohammed Kuyizhi be remanded in prison custody while investigation into the matter continues.
Kuyizhi is standing trial for unlawfully having illicit affairs with one of his female students, a 16 year Junior Secondary School (JSS3) student and got her pregnant.
Though the accused was said to have earlier pleaded guilty while he was summoned by the state’s Child’s Right Protection Agency where the matter was first reported to and he begged for forgiveness but Kuyizhi eat his words when he appeared before the Magestratre’s Court with his lawyer.
Counsel to the accused, Barr. Mohammed Mustapha told the court that his client was pressured to admit guilt before the Child’s Rights Agency, insisting that the First Information Report tendered by the Police was a statement written under pressure.
Kuyizhi has since been transferred out of the school to another one by the state Ministry of Education in concert with the authorities of the school for fear of being attacked and to shield him from angry students and parents of the girl.
Kuyizhi, it was gathered had admitted upon being interrogated by the officials of the Niger State Child’s Rights Agency to have been having illicit affairs with the student.
He was said to have begged the officials to temper justice with mercy even as he pleaded and begged that ‘it is the handiwork of the devil’.But when Kuyizhi appeared before the Senior Magistrate Court 8 on Wednesday, he recanted his earlier confessional statement and plea for mercy at the Child’s Rights Protection Agency.
Counsel to the accused while submitting an oral application for his client’s bail, told the Court that the accused has denied committing the offence as contained in the First Information Report, (FIR). He therefore urged the court to take cognizance of the denial in line with section 143 of Criminal Procedure Code.“In view of this, we humbly make an oral application for his bail before the Court under the inheritance and rights jurisdiction of the court”, he submitted.The counsel hinged his oral application for bail on the provisions of sections 34, 35 and 36 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended. He urged the court to use its discretions to effect his client’s release.But the Police Prosecutor, Corporal Hussaini Paiko objected to the bail application on the grounds that the accused person if granted bail could jeopardize tthe ongoing Police investigations on the matter even as he asked the court to refuse the bail application outright.But in her ruling on the bail application, Senior Magistrate Fati Abdul Auna denied the accused bail. She ordered the Counsel to formally submit the bail application in written form.She ordered the accused to be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the case to the 26th of April, 2017 for further hearing on the matter.