Kebbi res­i­dents wor­ried over in­creas­ing cases of de­file­ment of mi­nors

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - THE METRO SECTION - From Ah­madu Baba Idris, Birnin Kebbi

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.

Scene of the ac­ci­dent yes­ter­day

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