From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.
A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Minna has sentenced a 33-year-old Islamic teacher, Abubakar Abdullahi, to seven years imprisonment for having anal sex with 35 of his pupils (almajiris).
Abdullahi, a resident of Sabon Gari, Kontagora, town was charged with unnatural offence contrary to section 284 of the penal code law.
The Police Prosecutor, ASP. Daniel Ikwoche, had told the court that one Murtala Abdullahi, a Hisbah Commander in Kontagora Local Government Area reported the matter at the station on July 22.
Ikwoched said the complainant alleged that the accused person lured 35 of his Islamic pupils who are between the ages of 9 and 14 years into his room and had anal intercourse with them on different occasions between March and July.
When the charge was read to him, he pleaded guilty and begged the court for leniency.
The prosecutor thereafter prayed the court to try him summarily in line with section 157 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
In her ruling, Magistrate Hauwa Yusuf, sentenced him to seven years in prison with hard labour.
Yusuf, however, said the accused person will have the option of a N2m fine after serving the first four years of his sentence.