The police has vowed to re-arraign one Abubakar, a tea seller in Ngwayanma, in the Kontagora area of Niger State, after he was sentenced to one month imprisonment and N30,000 fine for raping a 12-year old boy, Aminu.
The decision came after the victim died at a hospital last week.
Abubakar, who is also called Maishai, was said to have abducted the victim from his parents in March and raped him several times for two weeks until another neighbour, who noticed raised alarm.
When the police came to arrest Abubakar, the found the victim looking pale and sick. He was then rushed to the hospital where he died some days later.
Abubakar’s arraignment and sentencing happened before the deceased death.
Narrating what happened to PUNCH, a resident said:
The boy’s parents suddenly discovered that he was missing and asked for his whereabouts from his friends, who denied knowledge of his whereabouts. Afterwards, a case of abduction was reported to the police. That was early March.
A man alerted us two weeks later that he saw Aminu with Maishai (Abubakar). The suspect initially denied that the boy was in his custody. The boy was later found in his apartment in a critical condition. He looked tired and pale. Maishai confessed he had sex with him several times.
The police were called to arrest him and Aminu was rushed to a hospital. He eventually died last week. The parents do not want to talk about the incident for now; they are devastated.
The state’s Police PRO, DSP Elkana James, who confirmed the report added that Abubakar will be arraigned for culpable homicide soon.
“Our legal team is reviewing the sentence. When the suspect was charged to court, the boy was not dead. So, he was charged with abduction and unnatural offences.
He and the boy, aged 12, lived within the same vicinity. He abducted him for two weeks and abused him during the period.
Now that the boy is dead, we have a liberty to charge him with culpable homicide. That will be an additional charge.
He is still in prison, serving the one month’s imprisonment. Once the new charge is filed, he would be reproduced to take his plea,” James said.