The Chairman of NUT in Adamawa State has debunked rumours that a teacher raped and impregnated a 12-year-old schoolgirl in Namtari.
The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) Chairman in Adamawa State, Comrade Rodney Nathan has revealed that the 12-year-old schoolgirl, a student of Government Secondary School was not raped by the primary school teacher in a village in the state as earlier reported.
He said it was too early for the Adamawa Police command and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps to conclude that it was rape as the 12-year-old student had keys to the the teacher’s house as at the time of his arrest.
He in stated that the relationship was a mutual one as the pair were lovers for at least six months before the schoolgirl became pregnant.
“One cannot call a mutual relationship between a schoolgirl and her teacher who are mutually in love a rape case”, the NUT chairman said.
He added that the fact that the girl was “carrying a six-month pregnancy, (was) an indication that a long-term relationship had existed between the teacher and the schoolgirl.”
The NUT chairman asked, “At what point did the rape take place, was it six months ago, or now that it was discovered the schoolgirl is carrying a six-month pregnancy?”
He went on to put the blame on the girl’s parents and the village, claiming they allegedly knew about the affair but did nothing to discourage it.