Four male suspects have been arrested by the Niger State Police Command for allegedly defiling a nine-year-old girl in the Paikoro Local Government Area of the state.
The suspects, Usman Ibrahim, 60; Zakari Aliyu, 25; Mustapha Isah, 17; and Imurana Aliyu, I6, were arrested by a team of policemen attached to the Paiko Division following a tip-off.
It was gathered that one of the suspects, Aliyu, was caught in the act by the victim’s mother and he was apprehended by the police.
Northern City News gathered in Minna on Sunday that one of the suspects, Ibrahim, who is married with three children and five grandchildren, told the police during interrogation that he gave the victim N20 the last time he defiled her.
In an interview with our correspondent, the suspect also confessed to have had carnal knowledge of the victim’s elder sister, who was his regular girlfriend.
The other suspects, who also confessed to defiling the minor on different occasions, said they paid her N20 to N50 each time they had their way.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, confirmed the incident, saying the suspects had confessed to the crime.
“They were arrested after one Yakubu Ibrahim reported that he noticed some abnormalities in the movement of his daughter,” Abubakar said.
He added that one of the suspects, Aliyu, took the victim to an uncompleted building and was caught performing a sexual act with her by her mother.
Our correspondent gathered that when questioned, the victim exposed other suspects, who had sex with her at different times.
The police spokesman said the matter would be charged soon.