58 year old man arraigned for defiling 6 year old girl in Niger - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Wednesday, August 16, 2023

58 year old man arraigned for defiling 6 year old girl in Niger

 A 58 year old man, Yau Ibrahim has been arraigned before the Angwan  Senior Magistrate Court in Minna, Niger state for allegedly having sexual intercourse with a six year old girl.

The suspect who is from Kundun village in Rafi local government area of Niger State was arraigned before the court on two count charges which bother on unlawful sexual intercourse with a child, sexual abuse and exploitation which according to the police prosecutor Inspector Aliyu Yakubu Kuta  contravenes section 26 (2) and 27 (2) of the Niger  Child Right and Protection law of Niger State 2021 as amended.

The police first information report (FIR) stated that one Abdullahi Dauda of Kundun village in Rafi local government had reported to the Kagara Divisional police command that the defendant of the same address lured his six year old grand daughter to his room and sexually abused her .

The report further revealed that the accused has confessed to the crime during the police preliminary investigation admitting that he actually defiled the child  in his room.

When the  charges were read to the defendant by the presiding Senior Magistrate, Hafsat Abdul Bawa Wuse, he pleaded guilty to the two charges and pleaded for leniency.
However, the police prosecutor objected to the bail application due to the  "heinous and capital nature" of the offences and objected to a summary judgment.

"My Lord, I will not allow the conviction of the defendant on summary trial. I urge the court to commence full trial into the case to enable the court take witnesses before arriving  at the nature of judgement he deserves in accordance to the amended Child Right Law of Niger State.

The presiding Senior Magistrate, Hafsat Abdul Bawa while responding to the oral application by the prosecutor said she is in total agreement with the submission of the prosecutor.
"I really agree with you. We need to take some witnesses including the investigating police officer and possibly the victim.

"I cannot imagine a 58 years old man to engage a six year old girl that can be his grand daughter to such exploitation and sexually abuse her so, let us get the police investigating officer and his statement to the police and his admittance in court for the court  to arrive at passing heavy punishment on him" Hafsat declared.

She then adjourned the case to eleven September for further hearing.

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