Police in Katsina nab man for alleged child molestation; rape reported

Charles Nwoke, Katsina, Nigeria
January 17, 2021 

The Katsina State Police Command has arraigned Abubakar Sani, a 21-year-old laborer in court, over alleged involvement in homosexuality with an 8-year-old boy.

Sani a native of Gwagare quarters, Katsina State, resides in the same house with the victim where he was said to have committed the sacrilegious act.

The Nigerian police revealed that Sani was caught having forceful sexual intercourse with the victim through the anus inside a forest behind the Federal Medical Centre quarters, Katsina on January 5, 2021.

Abdulkadir Lamis, the victim’s father reported the terrible incident at the Divisional Police Headquarters, Katsina.

Lamis disclosed to the police that Sani had been practicing homosexuality with the victim on several occasions before he was on one fateful day caught red-handed.

The police consequently charged Sani with Unnatural Offence, which they said was contrary to section 255 of Katsina state penal code law of 2019.

Sergeant Lawal Bello, the police prosecutor told the senior magistrate court where Sani has arraigned that investigation was already in progress on the case.

He asked for another date when the case could come up for hearing at the court.

The presiding magistrate, Hajiya Fadile Dikko granted the request and adjourned the case to March 31, 2021, for hearing.

She directed that Sani be remanded in the correctional center at Katsina till the time for the hearing.

In another development, Abdullahi Abdu, a 35-year-old farmer of Makadama village, Batsari Local Government Area of the state has equally been remanded in a correctional center for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl.

Hajiya Dikko who directed his remand said Abdu would be at the correctional center also until March 31, 2021, when his case comes up before her for hearing.

Abdu has been charged for rape according to section 254 of Katsina state penal code law, 2019.

The police prosecutor, Sergeant Lawal Bello said Abdu who is a neighbor of the victim allegedly lured her to a bush in the outskirts of the village on January 1, 2021, where he forcefully had carnal knowledge of her three times.

Sergeant Lawal said the victim’s father, one Usman Isah reported the unfortunate incident at the Divisional police headquarters, Batsari, leading to Abdu’s apprehension and arraignment in court.