33-year-old man, Abdullahi Abubakar, has been arrested by the police for allegedly defiling 32 Almajiris (street children) in Kontagora Local Government Area of Niger State.
The incident was reported to the police on July 22, 2019 by the Commander Hisba Kontagora, Murtala Abdullahi.
It was learnt that the Almajiris are students of Almajiri School at Sabon-Gari area of Kontagora.
They were reportedly molested by Abubakar who they were entrusted to.
The suspect was trailed and apprehended by a team of policemen attached to the ‘A’ Division, Kontagora, following at tip-off.
Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to have defiled the students in the school by removing their trousers when they were in deep sleep and had anal sex with them.
The suspect had allegedly been having sexual intercourse with students on a daily basis especially at night.
According to report, Abubakar usually sneaks into their rooms to defile them.
However, the school management was not aware of Abubakar’s heinous act.
The suspect said he did not know what came over him.
He said: “I have had sex with at least 32 students of the Almajiri School. I cannot even explain how I started having sexual intercourse with these students; honestly it is the work of the devil.”
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mohammad Abubakar, said the suspect had confessed to committing the crime.
He said: “The command will get to the route of this matter and fish out those hiding in Almajiri schools to commit such heinous crime. In less than no distance time the law will catch up with them and we will deal with them ruthlessly.
“Niger State is a danger zone for the perpetrators of such crime, we will not leave them unchallenged; we must bring them to book.”
The commissioner, however, said that the matter would be charged to court after investigation.