Kebbi residents worried over increasing cases of defilement of minors
Residents in Birnin Kebbi are worried over the increasing cases of defilement and rape in the state as a magistrate’s court sitting in Birnin-Kebbi has ordered that two accused persons, Bashir Samaila and Faruq Abubakar, be remanded in prison for allegedly defiling a minor and having anal sex with a teenage boy.
The accused persons were arrested by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) at Gwardu and Argungu towns for unlawfully having sexual affairs with their victims, which violated sections 245, 283 and 284 of the Penal Code.
The NSCDC prosecutor, Felix Ogbeke, told the court that on November 5, 2017, Faruq Abubakar defiled a minor, one Umuh, who was sent to his shop to buy wheat by her father.
The second NSCDC prosecutor, Habib Sani, told the court that sometimes in September 2017, Bashir Samaila unlawfully had anal sex with a teenage boy, one Abubakar Muhammad.
The accused persons however denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty. While ruling on the matter, Magistrate Abubakar Atiku ruled that the court has jurisdiction to entertain the first accused person and ordered that he be remanded in prison pending legal advice on the matter.
On the second case, the judge said the court lacked jurisdiction to try the accused on natural offences (Homosexual). He thereafter adjourned the matter till November 20, 2017 for further hearing.
Findings reveal that the main reason rape cases are hardly reported to the appropriate authorities in Nigeria is that the victims fear being ostracized and most victims of rape have lost faith in the judiciary’s securing justice for them. Rapists walk the streets free while their victims remain traumatized for life.
The Nigerian Association of Women Journalists NAWOJ, North West Zone in collaboration with Federation of international women Lawyers FIDA have taken an interest in making sure that abused little girls get justice.
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