Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, Tuesday said the allegations of cannibalism, sexual abuse, sucking of human blood and existence of a cult at the School for the Deaf, Kuje, Abuja was unfounded and baseless.
Mr Adamu, however, confirmed that a police report as part of the investigations confirmed that a student was sexually assaulted by a staff of the school.
The minister 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 Hannatu Ayuba alleging, among others, the sexual harassment of her child at the school, a special school owned and managed by the Abuja administration.
He said a joint committee of the ministries of education and FCT was set up with the inclusion of security agencies to ascertain the veracity of the petitioner’s 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 were prevalent in the school,” he said.
He stated that the committee was also tasked to ascertain the veracity of other claims such as murder, cannibalism, cultism, substance abuse, poor feeding and poor care.
He said the Federal Ministry of Education had told Mrs Ayuba that the committee had submitted their report.
”Rather than laying her grievances with either the permanent secretary or the minister, she went to the media and the news broke in the Human Rights Radio,” he said.
The committee recommended that CCTV should be installed in all special schools to help in monitoring the schools.