By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
A 13-year-old Primary School girl, Maryam Mu’azu, has been impregnated by an Imam and seven other men in Anchau Taka-Lafiya in Kubau Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The culprits, including the Imam, have already been arraigned before Upper Sharia Court in Ikara Local Government area of Kaduna state in the search of justice by the parents of the victim.
The teenage girl is currently in Primary 6 at L.E.A. Anchau Taka-Lafiya in Kubau Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
As at last count, Maryam was actually 5 months’ pregnant for eight people, as a result of perpetual rape she suffered in the hands of the 8 men, including an elderly neighbor, who is an Imam of a mosque.
The eight were reported to have allegedly molested Maryam to have forced her into sex severely at different spots.
According to Maryam, “They usually call me and give me 500 naira when am back from school, when I went out hawking, selling things. They usually force me into it, and they have been warning me not to tell my parents. They promised to kill me if I dare tell my parents.
“They threaten to kill me each time they rape me; that is why I refused telling my parents. I was so afraid, that is why I kept quiet over the issue.”
Aged 50, father to the teenage girl, Mallam Mu’azu Shittu, is one who took the case to Upper Sharia Court in Ikara local government, Kaduna state, to seek for justice for his daughter that was raped, while hawking.
Mu’au said, “Eight 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.”
He said, “They usually give her N500.00, and sex her the way they want it. They merely turned her to be like sex machine,” he narrated, adding that for the past 5 months, they couldn’t sleep with their double eyes closed because of these problems, because she is too small to be carrying twins. Furthermore, he said, “there is no single one among the rapists that is ready to take the responsibility as father of the unborn baby.”
Mu’azu also pointed that “Among the 8 men that were allegedly indicated as the rapists, there is one of his 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 prayers in the mosque, because I cannot follow the prayer of a rapist, who wants to destroy my family.
“I don’t like bastard child in my family; that is why am doing my best to protect the integrity of my family.”
The 8 suspects were granted bail terms on Friday. Meanwhile, the victim’s father has gone further to report the case to Human Rights Organization in search of justice for his daughter.
An activist, Hajiya Rabi Salisu Ibrahim, is the founder of a renowned human rights organization, the “Arridah Relief Foundation of Nigeria” in Kaduna in which the case was reported to assist the parents in the search of justice for the little girl that is facing many problems as a result of the situation in which she found herself.
Rabi said, “We received the case today, Friday, 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.”
“It was devastating to see 8 men raping 13 years’ old; she was pregnant, she has no breast at all and her parents are threatening to abort the twins, in order to avert public embarrassment,” Rabi added.
She noted that “for the fact that the rapists are eight in number, and she is pregnant with twin babies, she might be probably having HIV/AID or sexually-transmitted diseases (STD) or some kind of dangerous infection as a result of forced sex.
“We need justice for this girl, and that is why we need the support of Kaduna state government, all human rights organizations and Religious leaders to quickly intervene into the matter, in order to save the poor child that’s facing daily challenges. “
Meanwhile, another women organization – the “Foundation for the Protection of Women and Children in Nigeria” – has called on JNI leaders and Kaduna state government to suspend the Imam from leading prayers and give him a tougher punishment, so as to serves as a lesson to other clerics across the country.
Recent report reaching us at press time averred that, the case will be transferred to Divisional Police Headquarters in Kubau local government from Ikara local government, for proper investigation from where the case would be moved to Kaduna to continue the court proceeding.