55-year-old headmaster arraigned for defiling 8-year-old pupil

The Bayelsa State Police Command has arraigned a 55-year-old headmaster of a private nursery and primary school in Akaba community, Yenagoa Local Government, Bayelsa State, Mr. Akpolagha Agbugiye, for defiling an eight-year-old pupil.

The headmaster, who was dragged before the Chief Magistrate’s Court 1 in Yenagoa, was accused of inserting his finger into the private parts of the pupil.

The prosecuting lawyer, Roselyn Doctor, a police Inspector, told the court that the incident happened on May 3.

She said the headmaster committed the offence at the back of the school building.

She said the school boss asked the pupil to touch the ground with her finger and raise her leg after which he removed her pants and inserted his finger into her private part.

She said, “The posture he placed the girl was supposed to be a form of punishment called ‘pick a pin.’

“The accused asked the classmate of the victim to call her. When the two girls met him at the back of the school building, he asked the other girl to leave.

“The headmaster then asked the pupil to pick pin, an order which the girl obeyed. At this point he pulled the girl’s pant and inserted his fingers into her private part.”

The police prosecutor said the victim limped home and reported the incident to her mother.

She said her mother later took her to the Federal Medical Centre for examination, adding that a doctor confirmed that the girl had been defiled.

The police told the presiding Magistrate, Patricia Edouyemiekumo, that the action was a criminal offence punishable under section 146(2) of the Criminal Code, Law of Bayelsa State, 2006.

The accused person pleaded not guilty to the charge. He was granted bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties residing in the state capital.

The case was adjourned till June 13