A recent investigation by The Cable revealed that one of the security guards employed to watch over the students at the Federal Government Girls College, Langtang, Plateau state, has been pimping them to strangers.
Disguised as a business man, the reporter, who went on an undercover investigation revealed that, with just N5, 000, or less, a man can get more than one school girl.
The reporter said the security guard assured him that getting the girls out of their hostel was no big deal, which explained that he had been in the business for a long time.
Hence, he and the security guard met at Bani Guest House, a popular lodge, which the guard said was well known to the girls as they meet with their boyfriends there on Sundays.
The SS3 girls were writing their exams when he visited and other classes were on vacation but the security guard assured him that he would do something.
Hours later, after he had been given the N5, 000 he requested for, he called the reporter that he had arranged two girls to meet him when they finished with their exams.
The girls couldn’t come because they wrote their papers late and would be writing another the next day. However, the security guard assured the reporter that they would come after writing the next day’s papers.
A 2014 UNICEF report on the violence against children in Nigeria, says that 24.8% of females aged 18 to 24 years experienced sexual abuse before age 18.
A graduating student, who spoke with the reporter, confirmed that the guard was known for pimping girls to strangers.
She explained that he used to be a kitchen staff until he impregnated one of the girls in the hostel and he was demoted to the gate.
Another graduating student also told the reporter that some members of staff make sexual advances to the girls, adding that the teacher in charge of the ICT department touch the girls’ breasts and buttocks under the guise of guiding them.
“One teacher used to call girls to his office in the night. But, I don’t know what he used to do with them. One of the girls told us that when she went to his office, he only asked her out, and that when it’s weekend she would follow him to his house. It is during prep time, 7-9pm, that we see girls going to the teacher’s office,” she said.
Meanwhile, an official of Langtang’s old girls’ association said they heard a year ago, that a male teacher was pimping the girls but they could not confirm the allegation.
She explained that they tried to investigate but didn’t find anything, including confronting the former principal, but she denied such activities in the school.
“There was a specific teacher allegedly doing this with SS3 girls but no one could give his name or any useful information in getting to the root of the matter. We even got a girl whom we were told knew this pimp, and when we called her, she denied knowing a thing, so, we had to disregard the rumour.”
The 2013 Nigerian Demograhic and Health Survey say 32 per cent of women reported that they were sexually abused by their teachers.
Chineye Ihuoma, director of press at the federal ministry of education, told TheCable that they should write to the ministry if they had any proof for proper investigation.
TheCable reported that the girls were unsafe considering the dilapidated building of the school, making them vulnerable to some boys who come in through the unfenced area to steal items from the girls’ lockers.
People also walk through the school premises unchallenged as it had become a shortcut for staff and people to the main road or their houses, while some students sneak out through the unfenced area or the gate to attend parties.
Read full report on The Cable