Court remands 2 in prison for raping 6-yr-old girl in Kaduna … FIDA vows to follow up case
A Magistrate Court sitting in Kaduna Tuesday ordered two men, Yahaya Mohammed, 71, and Mohammed Yusuf, 30, accused of raping a six years old girl (name withheld) in Kaduna, be remanded in prison custody till July 14, 2016. One of the suspects, Yahaya Mohammed, while confessing to the crime, said the allegation levelled against him was true but could not provide concrete reason(s) for his action.
“This is my second time of raping a minor. Presently, I have a case at the police station for raping a different victim, and the case is ongoing. What happens to me is that I follow my heart to commit the act, and I have destroyed my life completely. “I have eight children and they are all alive, and I have two wives but my first wife left me immediately she learnt of the crime I committed,” he added.
Police prosecutor, Inspector Akinga Akila, had presented the accused persons before Magistrate Naheed Abdallah on charges of rape and gross indecency. Akila confirmed to the magistrate that one of the accused persons had committed the crime on Monday, June 13, 2016, in an uncompleted building located in Tudun Wada area Kaduna metropolis.
The prosecuting officer also established that the first accused was caught after committing the act by one Basira Abdullahi, who lives in Tudun Nupawa in Tudun Wada district, before the police got wind of the matter. He said, “The accused was seen coming out of an uncompleted building and adjusting his trousers, which raised suspicion, and the child was found crying with what looked like sperm on her clothes.
“When asked, the crying victim said the man dragged her into the building, put his manhood in her private part, and also said that the second accused – Yusuf, had on two occasions equally played with his manhood on her private part.”
The offence is punishable under Section 283 and 285 of the Penal Code. After reading the charges, Akila explained to the accused persons that the court lacks jurisdiction to try them, but that they were brought to the court to be remanded in prison pending advice from the state Ministry of Justice.
The magistrate then adjourned the hearing to July 14 for further mention, pending advice from the Ministry of Justice, and ordered that the accused be remanded in prison.
Meanwhile, Mrs J.O. Agada-Talayo, a member of International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), described the act as the highest act of indecency for men of their age, vowing that FIDA would follow the case to a logical conclusion. The mother of the victim, Hindatu Mohammed, while fielding questions from newsmen, expressed joy with the outcome, but insisted on justice for her child.