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58-Year-Old Man Defiles 6-Year-Old Girl In Niger State

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58-Year-Old Man Defiles 6-Year-Old Girl In Niger State

Ya’u Ibrahim, 58-year-old, was charged with defiling a six-year-old child before the Angwan Senior Magistrate Court in Minna, Niger State.

Ya’u Ibrahim of Kundu village in the Rafi Local Government Area of the state was charged with illicit sexual intercourse with a child and exploitation.

Inspector Aliyu Yakubu Kuta, the Police Prosecutor, stated that the offences violated sections 26 (2) and 27 (2) of the Niger Child Rights and Protection Law of Niger State 2021, as modified.

According to the Police First Information Report (FIR), “one Abdullahi Dauda, of Kundu village in Rafi local government area had reported to the Kagara Divisional Police Command that the defendant of the same address lured his six years old granddaughter to his room and sexually abused her.”

During the police inquiry, the 58-year-old defendant confessed and stated to the police that he had sexual intercourse with the six-year-old child in his room, according to the prosecution.

When presiding Senior Magistrate Wuse read the allegations to the accused, he pled guilty to the two-count charge and asked for leniency.

The police prosecutor, however, opposed to the bail application because of the “heinous and capital nature” of the offences, and he also 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 to take witnesses before arriving at the nature of judgements he deserves in accordance with the amended Child Right Law of Niger State,” the prosecutor said.

In accordance with the Prosecutor’s plea, the Presiding Magistrate, Hafsat Abdul Bawa, declared that the offence for which the defendant is on trial is grave in nature and ordered him to be held in a correctional facility.

“Let’s get the police investigating officer’s report, the accused statement to the police and his admittance in court for the court to arrive at passing heavy punishment on him to serve as a deterrent to others,” she said.

She postponed the case until September 11, 2023.

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