Enyioha Opara, Minna
One Haruna Magaji of the Limawa Ward in Minna, Niger State, has been sentenced to five years imprisonment without an option of fine by a Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly sodomising a minor.
According to the Police First Information Report, one Suleiman Ibrahim of the Limawa Ward reported to the police at ‘A’ Division, Minna, that he was in his house when he heard the victim’s cry for help.
Ibrahim said he came out and saw people asking the boy what had happened to him, and the victim reportedly accused Magaji of sodomising him.
In his ruling, Chief Magistrate Hassan Mohammed convicted the accused and sentenced him to five years in prison without an option of fine.
According to him, the accused is punished to serve as a deterrent to others who may wish to commit the same crime in the future.
Mohammed advised parents to be watchful over their wards and to desist from sending them on errands at odd times.