The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Gombe State Command, has arrested a 40-year-old man, identified as Usman Mohammed, for allegedly sexually molesting no fewer than 12 children whose ages range from five to 10 years old.
It was gathered that the suspect is specialised in defiling young almajiris and he is also a resident of Liji in Yalmatu Deba Local Government Area of the state.
Mohammed was paraded at the NSCDC state headquarters on Tuesday, where he confessed to newsmen that he was introduced to same-sex intercourse by his Islamic teacher as an 18-year-old Almajiri student in Kano.
The accused pleaded with relevant authorities to forgive him, saying that he regretted his actions and feel ashamed for sodomising the minors.
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The father of three 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, told journalists that the suspect confessed to the crime upon interrogation and disclosed that he was introduced to homosexuality to become rich.
Goni noted that out of the 12 boys allegedly sodomised, one is currently at large, while the rest are available.
“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,” Goni said.
Goni, while lamenting the rate of sexual violations, urged parents to take responsibility for their children, adding that, “nobody can take care of your children better than you. Parents must desist from handing their responsibility to outsiders.