A 13-year-old girl from Nigeria is reported to be allegedly raped by eight men, including an Imam, and she is now said to be five months pregnant with twins.
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The sad incident was made known to the public when the Head of Arridah Foundation, Hajiya Rabi Salisu, revealed to the media on Saturday that the case was brought to the organization to get justice for the girl.
Disclosing their level of achievement on the case, she said the foundation would mobilize the necessary support for the girl and follow up the case in court “until justice is served.’’
Founding by the News Agency in Nigeria revealed that the Imam who was part of the suspects is a neighbor of the girl’s parents.
“We have gotten the case, and I must say that in our years of advocacy during which we have treated over 400 cases of rape and child abuses, we have never come across this type of inhumanity.
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“It is devastating for eight men to rape a 13-year-old. She is pregnant, yet she hasn’t even developed breasts at all and her parents are threatening to abort the twins to avert public embarrassment.
“The rapist’s, who are eight in number, may have even exposed her to HIV/AID or other sexually transmitted diseases as a result of the forced sex.
“We want justice for this girl and that is why we need the support of the Kaduna State government, all human right organizations, and religious leaders to quickly intervene and bring succor to the poor child that is facing daily challenges,” Rabi said.
However, the father of the victim, Mu’azu Shittu, confessed that he had already taken the matter to the Upper Sharia Court.
According to him, he had thought of abortion but was advised against it.
“She is too young to be carrying twins and there is no single one among the rapists that is ready to take responsibility for the pregnancy,” he lamented.
Upon the girl’s description of the sad incident, she said the men usually gave her N500 and forced her into the act, then after that warned her not to tell anybody.
“They usually called me and gave me N500 whenever I came back from school and went out hawking. They would then force me into it.
“They warned me not to tell my parents. They threatened to kill me if I told my parents; that is why I refused to tell my parents, I was so afraid,”She said.