(In the picture are the poor girl and her father)
KADUNA, NORTHWEST NIGERIA
Though it is hard to believe but it really happened. A 13-year-old primary school girl, Aisha Ahmed (not her real name) has been confirmed to be five months pregnant with twins for eight elderly men including an Imam who leads prayers in a mosque the girl’s father attend. In fact, they are close neighbours.
The primary six girl at Local Education Authority (LEA) located at a community called Anchau Taka-Lafiya, Kubau local government area of the state told her father that, these men have sexually molested her severely at different spots after they enticed her with N500 and other petty gift items with a threat not to tell anyone what transpired.
“They usually call me and 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 said they would kill me if I dare tell anybody even my parents”, she said.
Upon the amazing discovery, the father of the girl, Mallam Mu’azu Shittu, 50, in an attempt to seek justice approached Upper Sharia court in Ikara local government area of the state.
According to him, “eight men raped my daughter and now she is pregnant. they usually gave her money, N500 while some give her gift to have sex with such a young girl when she would either be returning home from school or while hawking. They sleep with her the way they want and she was almost turned to a sex machine”.
“For the past 5 months, we could not sleep with our eyes closed because of this problem. She is too small to be carrying twins. The sad thing was that, none among these abusers is ready to take the responsibility as father of the unborn babies.
“Now, among the eight men that were allegedly indicated as the rapists, one of them is our close neighbor, Alhaji Danlami Sakatare. He is our imam and because of what he did to my daughter, I stopped going to join them in prayer in the mosque because I cannot follow the prayer of a rapist who want to destroy my family”.
However, the men allegedly responsible for the abuse of the young girl have been granted bail on Friday. But the father father has proceeded to report the case to Human right organization who can assist in getting justice for the poor girl-child.
Founder of a renowned Human Right Organization in Kaduna, Arridah Relief Foundation of Nigeria, Hajiya Rabi Salisu Ibrahim said, “we received the case today in our office and for the past two years, we have treated over 400 cases of rape and child abuses but we have never come across this type of inhumanity”.
Rabi further said, “it was devastating to see eight men raping a girl of 13 and got her pregnant. she has no breast at all and her parents are threatening to abort the twins in other to avert public embracement.
“For the fact that the rapists are eight in number and she is pregnant with twins, she might be probably having HIV/AID or sexually transmitted diseases or some kind of dangerous infections as a result of force sex”.
Another women organization “Foundation for The Protection of Women and Children in Nigeria has called on Jama’atul Nasir Islam (JNI) and kaduna state government to quickly intervene and suspend the Imam from leading prayers and give him a tougher punishment to serve as a deterrent to others in his category.
However, the case would be transfered to Divisional Police headquarters in Kubau local government from Ikara local government for proper investigation and will later transfer to Kaduna for court proceedings.
POSTED BY EDITOR