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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.

When the charges were read to him, the

Headmaster 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 has adjourned till June 13 for trial.



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