A 65-year-old man, Matthew Omokhafe, has been arrested for defiling and impregnating a 13-year-old primary four pupil in Akoko-Edo local government area of Edo State.
Acting chairman, Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Dr Joan Osa Oviawe, disclosed this in a chat with journalists in Benin City on Friday. She noted that the board played an active role in the arrest of the culprit.
“We took a course of action by visiting and ensuring that the case was transferred from the Akoko-Edo Area Division of the Nigeria Police to the State Criminal Investigation Department in the state capital, Benin City. With the collaborative efforts of the Child Protection Network (CPN), SUBEB was able to handover custody of the child to the state ministry of women affairs and social development.”
She assured that the case will be charged to court to ensure that justice is done.
Edo SUBEB has been at the forefront of the fight against child abuse and molestation. The board has spearheaded the arrest and prosecution of individuals who put children in the state’s public schools in harm’s way, especially as regards sexual abuse of minors.
The board has also been working hand in hand with the state’s ministry of women affairs and social development to bring succor to affected children and ensure their safety.
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