Two Islamic clerics, Hassan Bilyaminu and Abdullahi Bilyaminu, have been sentenced to 22 years imprisonment for raping four girls.
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The Chief Magistrate Court, in Minna, Niger State capital, convicted both men on two counts charges of sexual assault and act of gross indecency.
Hauwa Baba Yusuf, the Chief Magistrate, lamented that the incident would leave a permanent and gruesome memory in the minds of the little girls, who were students of an Islamic school operated by the brothers.
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The suspect pleaded guilty asking the Magistrate to tamper her justice with mercy saying that they were tempted by the devil.
According to the First Information Report (FIR) which was read in court by the Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Bello Mohammed, the offences committed by the suspects were punishable under Section 285 of the penal code law, as well as Section 19 (2) of the Child’s Right Law of Niger State, 2010.
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The charge read, “That on the 2nd of August, 2020, one Lawal Idris of Tudun Nasira Area of Maitumbi in Minna, represented three others, and reported that on 31st of July, 2020, you Hassan Bilyaminu and Abdullahi Bilyamiu lured four of the girls whose ages ranges between 6 and 11 year-old pupils of your Islamiya, into your house and used your finger to rub and inserted it into the minors’ vagina one after the other.
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“During the police investigation, you confessed to the commission of the crime. You are hereby suspected to have committed the above offences.”
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