Two Islamic clerics, Hassan Bilyaminu and Abdullahi Biliyaminu, have been slammed with 22 year jail term for raping four female students in their Islamic school.
The Chief Magistrate of a Court sitting in Minna, Niger State, handed the two brothers the sentence on Monday August 17.
Police operatives arrested the Bilyaminu brothers earlier in the month and dragged to the court on a two-count charge of sexual assault and act of gross indecency.
The First Information Report (FIR) which was read in court by the Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Bello Mohammed, stated that the offenses 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.
The charge sheet 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 years-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.
“During the police investigation, you confessed to the commission of the crime. You are hereby suspected to have committed the above offenses.”
The clerics pleaded guilty to the charges and appealed to the judge to temper justice with mercy. According to them, the devil pushed them to commit the crime.
The presiding Chief Magistrate, Hauwa Baba Yusuf, delivering her judgement, wondered what rapists derived from assaulting and defiling little girls, saying that it should no longer be condoned.
“One wonders what people like the convicts derived from assaulting and defiling little girls. This has gone berserk; there must be more to this pandemic of sexual assault on little children.” She said.