Who Owns the Child, As 7 Men Rape, In-pregnant A Minor

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By: Joy Odor/ Kaduna

Wonders they say will never end, as 7 men including an Imam making it 8 rape and in-pregnant a 13 year old girl, Maryam Mu’azu.

Maryam Mu’azu, the victim who is in primary 6 at Local Education Authority, (L.E.A) Anchau Taka-Lafiya in Kubau Local Government Area of Kaduna State, North-West, Nigeria was confirmed to be carrying Five months pregnancy with Twins as a result of severe and forceful sex at different  spot.

Explaining to newsmen on Friday on how she was always being raped said “they usually call me and give me N500 (five hundred naira) and forced me into sleeping with them whenever I am coming back from school or hawking, and they warned me not to tell anybody, even my parents.

“They threaten to kill me each time they raped me, that is why I refused telling my parents” she stated.

The father of the victim, Mallam Mu’azu Shittu while narrating his ordeal, said the plan of the family is to get rid of the pregnancy to avoid public embarrassment.

Mallam Mu’azu who is 50 years old continue to say that, “8 men raped my daughter, and now she is pregnant, they usually gave her money while some give her gift to have sex with such a young girl when she goes out hawking.

“I do not like bastard child in my family, which is why l am doing my best to protect the integrity of my family.

“We could not sleep with our eyes because of this problem because she is too small to be carrying Twins, and there is no single one among the rapists that is ready to take the responsibility as father of the unborn babies.

“Among the 8 men that were allegedly indicated as the rapists, there is one of my neighbor, Alhaji Danlami Sakatare, he is our imam, and because of what he did to my daughter, I stop going to join them in prayer in the mosque, because I cannot follow the prayer of rapists who want to destroy my family” he stressed.

 

Mallam Mu’azu however has taken the case to the Upper Sharia Court in Ikara Local Government Area of Kaduna State in search of justice for his daughter but the allegedly suspects were given bail terms.

Maryam’s father who is not happy about the bail term has preceded further to report the case to Human Right Organization ‘Arridah Relief Foundation of Nigeria’ founded by Hajiya Rabi Salisu Ibrahim to assist the family get justice.

Speaking to Report Circle, Hajiya Rabi informed that it was devastating to see 8 men raping 13 years old without breast while the parents are threatening to abort the twins to avert public embarrassment.

She maintained that Maryam need justice and called for the support of Kaduna state government, human right organizations and Religious leaders to quickly intervene into the matter.

“The fact that the rapists are 8 in number, and she is pregnant with twins kids, she might be probably having HIV/AID or sexually transmitted diseases STD or some kind of dangerous infection as a result of force sex” she said.

In a swift re-action, the Foundation for Protection of Women and Children in Nigeria has called for the suspension of Imam Alhaji Danlami Sakatare from leading prayers and give him a tougher punishment to serves as a lesson to other Clerics across the country.

Meanwhile, the case will be transfers to Division Police Kubau from Ikara local government for proper investigation and further court proceeding.

 

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