Three men have been arrested by the Nigeria Police in Kebbi State after they raped a pregnant housewife for the ‘sins’ of her husband, who had listened to an “offensive” Islamic sermon.
The suspects were identified as Yusuf Ahmed, Muazu Mohammed and Bawa Ibrahim. The offence was committed in Ula-Ira town in the Ngaski LGA of the state.
Alhaji Garba Saleh, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Birnin Kebbi that the accused had been charged to a Magistrates’ Court for theft, criminal intimidation, rape and criminal trespass.
He said the victim was raped over an offence ostensibly committed by her husband, stressing that she identified the rapists, who also said they wanted to teach her husband a lesson.
Saleh said that one Bawa Ibrahim had complained to the district head of the
area about the “offensive” sermon of Malam Maiguduma, played by Muhammad Dantillo, the husband of the victim.
The accused felt offended that Dantillo defied their demand for him to desist from playing the sermon to public hearing.
He said that one of the accused (Bawa Ibrahim) confronted and threatened “to deal” with the husband of the rape victim.
The accused utilised the departure of Dantillo on a fishing expedition to abduct and rape his wife.
The deputy commissioner said the accused also dispossessed their victim of N150,000 cash.
He said the victim personally identified all the suspects, adding that Ibrahim, who threatened Dantillo, was also arrested and would be prosecuted soon.