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The men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Gombe State Command, have arrested a 40-year-old man, Usman Mohammed, for luring about 12 children aged between five to 10 years old.
Mohammed, a resident of Liji in Yalmatu Deba Local Government Area of the state, allegedly specialized in having carnal knowledge of minors.
According to Mohammed, who spoke when he was paraded at the NSCDC state headquarters on Tuesday, he was introduced to same-sex intercourse by his Islamic teacher when he was aged 18 years as an Almajiri student in Kano.
The father of three expressed regret over his actions while asking for forgiveness from appropriate authorities.
He said, “I learnt homosexuality from my almajiri scholar around Brigade at the age of 18 years in Kano State. I am regretting my action and I am pleading for forgiveness.”
The State Commandant of the NSCDC, Waziri Goni, while parading him and other suspects, said upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime, adding that he disclosed that he was introduced to homosexuality to become rich.
According to Goni, out of the 12 boys allegedly sodomised, one is currently at large, while the rest are available.
Goni said, “Unfortunately, he has not become rich. How can God bless such efforts of someone taking advantage of young boys? He has three children and a wife but prides himself in raping children in an attempt to get rich, he has remained a nail cutter.”
The commandant while lamenting the spate of sexual violations, asked parents to pay proper attention to their children, adding that, “nobody can take care of your children better than you. Parents must desist from handing their responsibility to outsiders”.