Fifty year old man, Sani Yusuf, has been sentenced to eight years imprisonment by a Chief Magistrates Court in Minna, Niger State for defiling a 14 year old girl.
Sani Yusuf was on Monday arraigned on two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and causing her grievous hurt.
Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Bello Mohammed had told the court that one Asabe Zagi of Tudun Fulani area of Bosso had reported the matter at the Bosso Divisional Police Office on the 27th March, 2019.
The complainant had accused Yusuf of having carnal knowledge of her 14 year old grand daughter on three different occasions when she was sent to fetch water from the house where he, (Yusuf) works as a security guard.
When the complainant confronted him on the issue, Yusuf was said to have used his penknife and stabbed the complainant for confronting him.
Yusuf used his knife to inflict several cuts on the complainant for daring to challenge him.
The police prosecution said the offences are contrary to sections 18 (2) and 248 (2) of the Niger State Child Rights Law 2010 and the state’s Penal Code law respectively.
When the charges were read to him, the accused, (Yusuf) pleaded guilty to the charges and begged the court for leniency.
The police prosecutor however prayed the court to try the summarily in line with section 157 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
In her ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Hauwa Yusuf sentenced the accused to eight years in prison without any option of fine on the first count charge.
For the second count charge, the Chief Magistrate gave Yusuf the option of spending three years in prison or pay a fine of N100,000 (One hundred thousand Naira) while also indicating that the sentences are to run concurrently.
Cases of rape, particularly of minors and even toddlers have been on the increase in parts of the state even as some civil society organisations and non governmental bodies have emerged to fight against the scourge.
Rayuwa Assault and INCRESE are some of the organizations streaming support for victims of rape in the state.