Allegations of cannibalism, sexual abuse, sucking of human blood and existence of cult in the School for the Deaf, kuje area of the Federal Capital Territory have been declared unfounded and baseless.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu said this in Abuja after receiving the report of the Special Committee of investigations on allegations of sexual Abuse of Vulnerable Minors at the FCT School For the Deaf.
The Minister said a petition was received from Dr Hannatu Ayuba alleging among others sodomisation of her child Imran Kanun at the school for the Deaf Kuje special school owned and managed by the FCT administration.
He added that a joint committee of the Ministries of Education and the FCT was set up with the inclusion of security agencies to ascertain the veracity of the petitioners claim.
“a 17 member committee with membership drawn mainly from external stakeholders was constituted with the target of establishing the medical condition of Imran Kanun to determine the alleged abuse and ascertain whether similar abuses we’re prevalent in the school. The committee was also tasked to ascertain the veracity of other claims such as murder, cannibalism, cultism, substance abuse, poor feeding and poor pastoral care”
The Minister said that police and security report did not lend any credence to the allegations claimed to take place in the school or in Kuje Area.
According to the Minister, “the report submitted revealed that no parent reported any missing child or children dying in the school at least for the past five years”
“The medical team which comprised of twelve doctors from both the public and private sectors, carried out a random medical examination on 170 out of the 630 children of the school and did not find any evidence to support these claims” The Minister added.
Adamu hinted that the police report of the Committee stated that they were able to obtain a confession from Sani Isah Filo, the school father and the alleged abuse of Imran Kanun.
According to the Minister, “the police said Filo admitted abusing the child and they have since commenced prosecution and remanded Sani Isah Filo in Keffi Prison”.
On allegations of poor feeding and children eating faeces, the committee report discovered that children were reasonably fed and that there was no evidence of malnutrition as observed and confirmed by an independent medical team.
“The claim of children eating faeces is therefore ridiculous and reprehensible” he added.
Failure to appear
The minister expressed worry over Dr Hannatu Usman Ayuba, the petitioner’s failure to appear before the committee despite several invitations extended to her.
“We still invite Dr Hannatu to come forward and shed more light on her allegations”
VON’s Temitope Mustapha, spoke with Hannatu Ayuba, who said she referred the committee to police reports on the matter.
“When the committee invited me to appear before them, I wrote to them that the police already conducted a comprehensive interrogation and that asking me and my son to appear before the committee is subjecting me and my son to further trauma”
The committee recommended that the CCTV should be installed in all special schools to help in monitoring the schools.