Security Guard In Niger Sentenced To Eight Years Imprisonment For Defiling 14-year-old girl
By Olabode Adaramola
A Chief Magistrates’ Court, sitting in Minna, Niger State capital, has sentenced a 50-year-old man, Sani Yusuf, to eight years imprisonment for violating a 14-year-old girl.
Yusuf was arraigned on two counts charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a child and causing grevious hurt.
The Police Prosecutor, Sgt. Bello Mohammed told the court that one Hajiya Asabe Zagi of Tudun Fulani, in Bosso local government area of the state was said to have lodged the complaint against the accused at the Bosso Division of the State Police Command on March 27, 2019 .
Mohammed stated that the complainant accused Yusuf of having carnal knowledge of her 14-year-old grand daughter on three occasions she went to fetch water from the house where he works as security guard.
He said when the complainant confronted him on the issue, Yusuf allegedly used his knife and stabbed her on her body, to which she sustained injuries.
He noted that the offences were contrary to sections 18(2) and 248 (2) of the Niger State Child Rights Law 2010 and the Penal Code law respectively.
When the charges were read to him, he pleaded guilty and begged the court for leniency.
The prosecutor thereafter prayed the court to try him summarily in line with section 157 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
In her ruling, the presiding Magisterate , Hauwa Yusuf sentenced Yusuf to eight years in prison without option of fine for the first count charge and three years in prison or a fine of N100, 00 for the second count.