A 32-year-old member of a vigilante group in Katsina, Abubakar Ma’azu, has been arraigned before a Katsina State Senior Magistrates’ Court for criminal intimidation and allegedly sodomising a 15-year-old boy.
His arrest and subsequent arraignment followed his alleged confession that he had unlawful carnal knowledge of the victim.
Ma’azu also allegedly confessed to have threatened the victim that he “would cut him with a cutlass” if he told anyone what transpired between them.
The victim’s elder brother, Mustapha Usman of the Kwado Quarter, Katsina, reported the incident at the GRA Police Station, Katsina, on May 26, 2019, a day after Ma’azu allegedly committed the offence.
Ma’azu of the Kofar Durbi Quarter, Katsina, who is also known as Coach, reportedly lured the victim from Nagogo Road around 8.30pm on May 25, 2019, after which he took him to the vigilante office located at the Kofar Kaora Quarter, where he allegedly sodomised him.
According to the police, Ma’azu confessed to committing the crime during interrogation.
The police prosecutor, Sergeant Lawal Bello, said the offences were contrary to the provisions of sections 284 and 396 of the Penal Code Law.
He told the court that investigation into the crime was still in progress and asked for more time to enable the police to conclude the investigation.
The presiding magistrate, Hajiya Fadile Dikko, granted the police request and ordered that the accused person be remanded in prison custody till July 16, 2019, when his case would come up for mention.