Eight men have been arrested by The Niger State Child Rights Protection Agency for allegedly raping four girls who are hawkers in Minna, Niger state.
The Director-General of the Agency, Mrs Mairam Kolo, made the arrest known on Tuesday 17th October 2017. She mentioned that the victims are teenagers who were hawking wares on the street.
According to the Director, the names of the suspects are: Yahaya Yakuso, 50; Yusuf Idris, 35; Tukur Buhari, 35; Mohammed Yusuf, 25; Musa Ibrahim, 35; Nasir Abubakar, 35; Isah Garba, 29; and Ibrahim, 30.
The Director made it known that the arrest of the suspects came after the Agency officials began a series of surveillance which came from information given by other stakeholders that a gang of rapists were sexually abusing the girls.
Kolo revealed that the suspects used amounts like N150 or N200 to lure the teenage girls who hawk wares so as to have carnal knowledge of them.
She added that the suspects are residents of Tudun Nasara along Kuta Motor Park, Barikin Sale, Bosso, and Abdulsalam Quarters.
According to The director-general, the suspects have been handed over to the police Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation and prosecution and they have given useful information in their statements.
Kolo gave warning to parents and guardians who send out children to hawk wares on the street, she said the agency prosecute parents who engage in the act as provided under the state anti hawking and street begging law.
She encouraged parents to send their children to school so as to become better citizens in the future.