A rich Alhaji in Sokoto State has been fingered in the rape and pregnancy of an underage orphan girl in the same community.
The incident, according to a Nigerian journalist with DW Radio Hausa Service, Bonne, Germany, Faruk Muhammad Yabo, happened in a village known as Birnin Ruwa in the state, where he narrated how Alhaji Giwa, a highly respected man in the community, took advantage of the girl's situation and defiled her severally till she fell pregnant.
Yabo added that after impregnating the girl, Alhaji Giwa abandoned her and denied the pregnancy when he was dragged to a Shari'a Court in the community, leaving her at the mercy of the villagers who take turns to taunt and make a mockery of her.
Read what Yabo wrote on his Facebook wall here:
"The story of this under-aged Maimuna, an orphan of Birnin Ruwa village in Sokoto State, who was raped, impregnated and abandoned by one Alhaji Giwa of the same village as accused, is very touchy.
Maimuna who is 8 months pregnant, has nobody to cater for her pregnancy at this very young age. She is now helpless; her father died since, and the person accused of impregnating her denied before the Upper Shari'a court in Sokoto, but Maimuna insisted that Alhaji Giwa as accused, was the only one who impregnated her.
The two witnesses from the same village have attested before the court that Alhaji Giwa even told them that he will take Maimuna to a specialist for abortion, but later changed his mind."
"A child of a very poor family, Maimuna is in dire need of assistance from human right agencies because Alhaji, the person accused of impregnating her, has already hired a lawyer for the case."