Daily Trust

Man bags 5 years jail for sodom­iz­ing mi­nors

- From Abubakar Auwal, Sokoto Crime · Society · Sexual Abuse · Incidents · Violence and Abuse · Sokoto · Zamfara State

ASokoto High Court has sen­tenced a 30-yearold man, Lawali Bala of Rik­ina Vil­lage in DangeShuni LGA of Sokoto State to five years im­pris­on­ment with a fine op­tion of N50,000 for sodom­iz­ing un­der 18 boys.

The ac­cused was ar­raigned by the Na­tional Agency for the Pro­hi­bi­tion of Traf­fick­ing in Per­sons and other Re­lated Of­fences (NAPTIF) on a 5-count charge bor­der­ing on pro­cure­ment of per­sons and sex­u­ally abus­ing them through the anus.

When the charge was read to him, he pleaded guilty and begged for le­niency and was sen­tenced ac­cord­ingly by Jus­tice Isa Bar­gaja.

Daily Trust re­ports that Bala, who hailed from Anka LGA of

Zam­fara State, was said to have been in this il­licit act for two years.

Ac­cord­ing to Bala, he was in­tro­duced into it by a fel­low labourer in Niger and had not been able to stop.

He dis­closed that he came to Rik­ina in search of greener pas­ture, even though his grand­par­ents were in­di­genes of the area.

He told Daily Trust that he was sodom­iz­ing the chil­dren while they were sleep­ing as they used to spend their night to­gether at the res­i­dence of one of his vic­tims’ fa­ther.

Daily Trust learnt that he met his water­loo when one of the boys, who caught him in the act, re­ported him to his fa­ther.

“Then the peo­ple of the com­mu­nity handed me over to His­bah and asked me never to re­turn to the area again,” he said

One of the vic­tims, a 13-yearold boy said, “There was a time I caught him loos­en­ing my trousers’ but I was afraid to tell my par­ents, think­ing they would not be­lieve me,” he said

The fa­ther of the boy said “I am be­trayed be­cause this is a per­son that I treated like a son. I shel­tered him, fed him and even gave him clothes but look at how he paid me back.”

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