….Management of Elkenemy College of Islamic Theology cover up the story
By: Hamza Suleiman
Jubril Sadi Mato (Ramadan), an 11 year-old Pre-Junior Student of Elkenemy College of Islamic Theology Maiduguri, woke up in the wee hours of January 16, 2022, had his ablution and observed his prayers with hope of a brighter day ahead. He went about the activities of the day, full of life.But by nightfall, when most students had begun to retire to bed, Ramadan had his life almost snuffed out of him by his Senior colleague.
It was gathered that a senior colleague, from SS2 class had sent Ramadan on an errand, but he didn’t go.That fateful night, he came to picked him up and took him to a quite place and used a razor blade to severely cut his neck, injuring most of his arteries nerves and trichea.
The offender, whose name has been concealed by the school management, left the victim for dead with his body soaked in blood. After some minutes, Jubril struggled and took himself to the Principals Office, before he finally broke down and becomes unconscious.
Jubril was rushed to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) as he layed critical at the Intensive Care Unit(ICU), the perpetrator, who was said to be indoctrinated on psychotropic substances, was subsequently arrested and handed over to Police Station for further investigations.
The victim was a son of Late Justice Sadi Mato, of Federal High Court Kano State. His Mother, Hajiya Aisha, later married, a Director with Yobe State Government ( name withheld).
However, to the chagrin of the family members of the victim, Aisha’s new husband, (Jubril’s step father), who was called by the school management shortly after the incident, has been discouraging the victim and his mother from reporting the attack.
A Family member who chose to be anonymous, said that the husband has collaborated with the Principal of the school as well as the Director of the College, The Director of Elkanemi College, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Dr. Muhammad Sani Idris is the Director of Elkanemi College, Yobe state, to concealed the report from giong out, even as such cases had been reoccurring in the college unabated.
He said “The Director of the school was said to be a very influential man, so he promised to do everything possible to ensure that the case is dead.
“Honestly, the case of Jubril has effectively been decriminalised as a result of a collapse in prosecutions that has allowed many offenders to escape justice and to go on to reoffend in the knowledge that they are highly unlikely to be held to account.
“The fact that their acts of violence are normalised, accepted or excused gives a feeling of power and impunity to these individuals and encourages such recurrent shameful predatory behaviour. This support system must be annihilated at all cost and in no uncertain terms.
“This is not the first case of armed Violence in the college, there are several other cases relating to sexual abuse and armed Violence, but the school management had swept it under the carpet. This is likely to mean we are creating more victims as a result of our failure to act.
“This can result to a far-reaching and catastrophic consequences on the physical and mental state of any child. Because It is, amongst others, responsible for a decrease of academic performance and a high proportion of school dropouts, denying its victims the very right to education,”he said.
He therefore appeal to Borno Governor Babagana Zulum, Police, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), National Human Right Commission(NHRC), Legal Aid Council and other reputable organisation and individuals to seek redress for Ramadan as his conditions remained critical at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.
In the same vain, a journalist from a local media in the Maiduguri, approached the Director of the Collage, Muhammed Sani Idris, on Monday Jan. 17, to make enquiry about the incident but his efforts was proved abortive.
He said “I was asked to drop my smartphone upon entering the Director’s office, which I complied with. After introducing myself, i asked him about the school’s position relating to the incident.
“He solicited for my cooperation to silenced the issue, pointing out that such story will bring no good rather than public panic and had name especially to the concerned authorities.
“ You see, what good is this story giving you? The school and your medium has the same objectives (rendering services to the public) as we do so, I will love it if you forget about this story while we move forward, but if you think it is mandatory to report this issue then go ahead and do it, the Journalist quoted the the director.
Some student who also spoke on the issue said that they were told by the management that Jubril attempted to commit suicide because he hated being a boarder.
One student who craved anonymity said “they told us that he tried to kill himself with a razor blade by stabbing himself. But we later learnt that it was one of our seniors who stabbed stabbed him.
“We don’t know his present condition. I hope he is not dead,”the student said.
Another Senior Staff of College, said “On the same day, a delegation from the Borno state Ministry of Education visited the collage when the director departed to Damaturu leaving his principals behind.They were told that: “the principals were not on sit”
The sources added that the suspect committed the act under the influence of drug which was being secretly sold to students by a senior Managing officer of the Junior Secondary School Section.
According to him, the collage management covered numerous cases of misconducts perpetrated by the students and some of the staff without the knowledge of the parents, though, the Parents and Teachers Association was crapped for years, following mass protest over increment and change of school uniforms by the college management.