A 70year old man in Niger, Chanchaga area of Minna , has allegedly raped an 8 year old girl and found himself with the state’s police as a result. Mr Mohammed Sani Umar, the culprit, allegedly raped the girl two times before giving her 80N (ghc1.20) to keep her mute.
The girl didnt reveal her ordeal to the parents until her mother realised some changes in her behaviour and probed her upon recommendation by a neighbor who had also seen some changes. The victim’s uncle , Mr Abubakar narrated the incident to the media. He said :
“She was very sick for some weeks and after every treatment, she was still not very well. Then a neighbor advised the mother to keep a close watch on her, which the mother started doing. After some days , she saw some stains in her underwear and asked her what happened to her.
The little girl took her mother to his place and on reaching there , she just pointed at him. On sighting the woman and the girl , he started begging them to cover up and he will definitely take responsibility”.
Rape cases has seen a surge in the past decade. Globally, more than two million people get raped in a year. South Africa records about 500,000 raped in a year. As of June , this year, there had been 477 rape cases in Nigeria.
In Asia ,China records about 31,833 rape cases a year. United Kingdom also sees a significant rape cases with about 85,000 rapes. In India , young girls suffer rape by their own relatives and could sometime be her own father.According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) 2018 annual report, 33,356 rape cases were reported across India in 2018