…As NAPTIP arrests house help for allegedly sodomizing 10 minors***
An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court on Thursday ordered that a father, Michael Abraham, and his friend Sylvester Dike remanded in a correctional facility, for allegedly defiling a 12-year-old daughter.
The police charged Abraham, father to the minor and Dike, 35, with three counts of conspiracy, unlawful sexual assault and defilement. Both defendants, however, pleaded not guilty.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Adeola Adedayo, remanded the defendants at the Nigerian Correctional Service in Ikoyi, pending when the matter would be filed at the Sexual and Special Offences Court, Ikeja.
She adjourned the case until Oct. 9, for mention.
Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Insp. Chinalu Uwadione, told the court that the defendants committed the offence between December 2018 and Sept. 9, at No. 13, Godmon St., Okota.
He alleged that Abraham defiled his daughter and also invited his friend Dike to take part.
Uwadione said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 137 and 263(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Section 263(1) prescribes a three-year jail term for anyone who touches another person without his or her consent, while Section 137 prescribes life imprisonment for convicts.
In another development, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has arrested a 21-year-old house help, Usman Abubakar for allegedly sodomising 10 minors in Sokoto.
The Sokoto Zonal Commander of NAPTIP, Mr. Hassan Tahir, who disclosed this to newsmen on Thursday, said all the minors were children of the suspect’s master.
According to Tahir, the suspect had confessed to sodomizing the 10 children.
He said the offence occurred at Rungumi area in Sokoto South Local Government of Sokoto state.
According to him, Abubakar was a student of an Almajiri school before his engagement as house help about 10 years ago.
He said that the suspect who is from Kebbi would soon be arraigned before the Court.
Speaking to newsmen, the suspect, Abubakar said that he was introduced into homosexuality at the age of five by one Malam Muntari of the same area.
“I used to go to his house to beg for food and he used that opportunity to sexually exploit me,” he said
Abubakar, who was remorseful, however, begged for mercy, saying he would continue to beg for God’s forgiveness.
He promised never to go back to the abominable act, saying “I will just look for money to get married and have my own family.”
Meanwhile, another suspect, Abubakar Abdullahi of Wamakko Local Government Area has been arrested by NAPTIP officials in relation to alleged housing of a 16-year-old girl for prostitution.