A Minna Magistrates’ Court has sentenced two blind men to six years imprisonment for sexually abusing two minors in Niger.
The Prosecutor, Abdullahi Mayaki, had told the court that the convicts committed the offence in December 2016.
He said that the convicts had lured the 12-year-old and 10-year-old minors with N50 and N100 and sexually abused them.
The offence contravened Section 19 of the Niger State Child Right Law, which on conviction attracts 14 years imprisonment.
The Director-General of the state Child Rights Agency, Hajiya Mairam Kolo, expressed satisfaction with the six years imprisonment without an option of fine.
Kolo commended the Magistrate for ensuring that justice was served and warned people to desist from such unholy act.
All to be clear, this is not a case of homosexuality as reported by many media platforms, but rather, a classic case of pedophilia; which is simply understood as an adult having sexual feelings or engaging in sexual activities with children. Be it anal, vaginal or whatever kind. Children here mean children, regardless of the gender of the children involved, simple.
NoStrings condemns all forms of sexual practices and exploitative behaviors directed toward children regardless of their actual or assigned gender. If anyone is found guilty, then they should be charged accordingly, according to the tenets of the law.
We applaud the magistrate’s decision in this matter.