The Niger State Child Rights Protection Agency has announced the arrest of eight persons suspected of raping four girls in Minna.
The Director-General of the Agency, Mrs Mairam Kolo, said on Tuesday that the victims were teenagers hawking wares on the street.
She gave the names of the suspects as Yahaya Yakuso, 50; Yusuf Idris, 35; Tukur Buhari, 35; Mohammed Yusuf, 25; Musa Ibrahim, 35; Nasir Abubakar, 35; Isah Garba, 29; and Ibrahim, 30.
According to her, the suspects were arrested following series of surveillance by the agency’s officials and a tip-off from other stakeholders that a gang of rapists were sexually abusing the girls.
She alleged that the suspects were luring teenage girls who hawk wares with N150 or N200 to have carnal knowledge of them.
Kolo said the suspects were residents of Tudun Nasara along Kuta Motor Park, Barikin Sale, Bosso, and Abdulsalam Quarters.
The director -general said that the suspects made useful statements and were handed over to the police Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation and prosecution.
Kolo warned parents and guardians against sending out their children to hawk wares on the street, adding that the agency would prosecute parents engaged in the act as provided under the state anti hawking and street begging law.
She urged parents to send their children to school so as to become better citizens in the future.
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