A 13-year-old teenage girl, who was allegedly raped by eight elderly men including an imam, at Anchau Tak-Lafiya, a community in Kubau local government area of Kaduna state, has been confirmed to be 5 months pregnant with twins.
According to The Sun, the little girl whose name is withheld, told her father, 50-year-old Mallam Mu’azu Shittu, that eight men including her neighbor, an elderly Imam of a mosque where he observed his prayers daily, had been sexually molesting her.
She said the men had sexually molested her severally at different spots after they enticed her with N500 and other gift items and threatened to deal with her should she tell anyone about what transpired.
“They usually called me and would give N500 on my way back from school or when I went hawking. They usually forced me into it with warning not to tell my parents. They threatened to kill me if I dared to tell anybody about it, including my parents. They threatened to kill me each time they raped me. That was why I was afraid to tell my parents until they found out that I was pregnant,” she said.
The distraught father says he wants to abort the pregnancy of his young daughter.
“Eight men raped my daughter and now she is pregnant. They usually gave her money while some would give her gifts to have sex with her. They slept with her the way they wanted and she was almost turned into a sex machine. For the past five months, we could not sleep with our eyes closed because of this problem. She is too small to be carrying twins. The sad thing is that none of them is ready to take the responsibility as the father of the unborn babies. Now, among the eight men that were indicted, one of them is our close neighbor, Alhaji Danlami Sakatare. He is our imam and because of what he did to my daughter, I have stopped going to join them in prayers in the mosque because I cannot follow the prayer of a rapist who wants to destroy my family. I don’t like bastards in my family. That is why I am doing my best to protect the integrity of my family. We are planning to abort the pregnancy to avoid the shame and embarrassment that may follow” the angry father said.
He reported the matter to the Upper Sharia Court in Ikara Local Government Area of the state. After much deliberations, the accused men were granted bail last onFebruary 2nd.
Arridah Relief Foundation of Nigeria, a human rights organization has taken up the case with the hope of getting justice for the victim and her family.
I pray she gets justice for the pain they have costed her.