RAPE VICTIMS By Uthman Siraja                          

A Minna Magistrate Court sitting in Anguwan Daji has sentenced a 60 years old tailor to 30 years imprisonment without an option of fine.

Mohammed Sani Umar was convicted on one count charge of unlawful intercourse with a child punishable under section 18(2), of the Child Right Law of Niger State, 2010.

When the culprit was earlier arraigned in the court and his charge was read to him by the presiding Magistrate, Hajiya Safurat Abdulkareem, he pleaded guilty to the charge and the prosecutor, Inspector Mu’azu Abdullahi requested the court to try him summarily in accordance with section 157 of the criminal procedure code.

 However, the magistrate objected to the request insisting that the prosecutor should come with his evidences and witnesses for her to give accelerated hearing into the case on the ground that his admittance of guilt was not convincing enough for her to convict him.

She then ordered for his remand in custodial facility pending when the prosecutor will come forward with his witnesses and evidences.

Two witnesses testified against him and two evidences were tendered which included his statement and the medical report from the hospital.

He was said to have forcefully had sexual intercourse with a nine years old girl on two occassions after he lured her into his shop in Kasuwan Dare area of Chanchaga Local Government Area, Minna.

 According to the Police First Information Report (FIR), which was made available in court and copy in possession of Newsline, one Hassan Sa’idu Arah, of Kasuwan Dare area of Chanchaga, had reported to the police that “you Mohammed Sani Umar aged 60 years old, lured his nine years old daughter (names witheld), into your shop in the same Kasuwan Dare and forcefully had sexual intercourse with her on two different occasions, during police investigation you confessed to the offence”

While passing judgement on the matter, Hajiya Safurat Abdulkareem noted that cases of rape and violence against girl child and women is on the increase in the state and beyond.

“With the evidences and the testimonies of the witnesses and the victim, the court is convinced beyond reasonable doubt and you are hereby convicted as charged.” The court will not be seen to be doing Justice if appropriate punishment is not meted on you to serve as deterrent to others. You are hereby sentenced to 30 years imprisonment without an option of fine. You have the right of appeal within the next 30 days.” she ruled.