Sa’adu Zungur model primary and secondary school, Bauchi has been discovered as a school where some senior students conduct illegal marriages for themselves.
Investigations reveal that this has been happening in the school despite the fact that male and female students have separate classrooms.
Part of the marriage rites requires the male students to pay N500 as dowry to their female counterparts as precondition for their marriages. Then classmates of both the ‘grooms and brides’ contribute money for refreshments at the secret ceremonies.
The students’ secret bubble was busted last week when an SS2 student (name withheld) organised an illegal wedding ceremony in the classroom.
The cheers and merry making reportedly attracted teachers who were still within the school premises after learning hours. The teachers rushed to the classroom and discovered that a wedding ceremony was taking place between two students.
The school management’s attention was drawn to the issue and Principal, Mallam Ahmed Zailani, informed the Ministry of Education.
Consequently, Bauchi State Government outraged by such development, ordered the closure of both the primary and secondary sections of the school.
Deputy Governor of Bauchi state, Engineer Nuhu Gidado, blamed the illegal marriages among the teenagers on moral decadence in the society.
A statement on Monday by his media aide, Yakubu Adamu, disclosed that he directed the immediate closure of the school on Friday, 10th March, 2017 after being notified about the issue.
The Deputy Governor who oversees the Ministry of Education, also said that “a committee which comprises all directors in the state ministry of education, the school authority, teachers as well as the Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) was constituted and tasked to investigate the matter and come up with a detailed and sincere report before the school would be re-opened.”
In related development in Kano state, the Sharia Police arrested 120 suspected commercial sex workers at a popular recreational centre over the weekend.
Also arrested were 37 boys believed to be drug abusers after an operation was carried out by the Sharia police alongside the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Briefing newsmen on Monday, the Director General, Hisbah board, Alhaji Abba Saidu Sufi said that the night raid was based on information by residents of the area.
Sufi said that out of the 120 girls arrested, 20 out of the figures were underage whose ages fell within 13, 14, and 17, adding that most of the suspects in its custody were not first time offenders.
The suspects will be charged to court in line with the provisions of “the prostitution and other Immoral acts prohibition law 1000 of 2001”.
In a statement, head of the Sharia police said they have 37 boys and 79 girls who are mostly underage and their parents have been invited for a pep talk as a matter of urgency.
The sharia police boss said that initial screening conducted by the agency revealed that few of those detained were at the resort for a wedding reception, pointing out that “such class of suspects had since been released and handed over to their parents, while most of the boys sporting offensive hair style have been trimmed and barbed in line with our tradition and culture.”