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Saturday, 31 October 2015

Kano state orders immediate closure of Boys College, probes sodomy

Apparently worried over media reports of sodomy and child abuse at the famous Hassan Ibrahim Gwarzo Boys College, Kano, the State Government yesterday ordered the immediate closure of the school.

The state Acting Governor, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar issued the directive, while inaugurating a 14-man Committee in Kano to probe the embarrassing allegation.
The Acting Governor who is also the Commissioner of Education, who was baffled over the development expressed government’s concern over the unfortunate incident.
He, however, named the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, Professor Abubakar Mustapha as head of the Committee.
The Committee is charged to, among other frame of reference, ensure a critical and comprehensive investigation of the reported sodomy against students of the Hassan Ibrahim Gwarzo Secondary School for Boys, located at Sallari quarters, so as to identify all victims of the alleged cases, as well as determine the extent of abuse.
Furthermore, the Acting Governor disclosed that the Committee should also identify the culprits in the alleged act of sodomy against some students of the School and establish the degree of culpability.
Also, in a statement, signed by the Acting Governor’s Director of Press, Usman Bello,also disclosed that the Committee is to investigate the fore-knowledge of the School management on the cases and ascertain their culpability or otherwise.
Hafiz also mandated the Committee to recommend appropriate sanction to be taken by the State Government, based on its findings and observation, as well as any other matter incidental to their mandate.
The Committee has a two-week deadline within which to submit its report to the State Government.
Other prominent members of the Committee include, Alhaji Bala Abdullahi, State Coordinator, Network for Justice, Barrister Hussaina Adamu Aliyu and the Chairperson of FIDA.
Other members of the committee are the Director-General of Hisba, Special Services and Shari’a Commission, Executive Secretary, Private and Voluntary Schools Board, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Maigana Sani, Director, Child Ministry of Women Affairs and Dr Mansur Muhammed Nagoda, and Chief Medical Director of Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital, while Hajiya Bilkisu Shehu is expected to serve as the Secretary.

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