Gusau – Yahanatu Ibrahim, Wasila Hassan & Rukayya Hassan, all sisters of the same parents are undergoing trial in before the Higher Sharia Court in Zamfara for sexually molesting a man.
The man in question, Abdulrahman Suleyman, who is a member of the Boys Scout, was posted to the Ministry of Women Affairs as one of the security men. The prosecutor, Hashim Ibrahim told the court that the three defendants went to the man on that fateful day in the morning before the commencement of the daily Ramadan preaching session which was usually held in the ministry and demanded he should take them to an office.
However on getting to the said office, the prosecutor said the ladies forcefully pushed him inside the office and removed his trousers and one of the accused ladies had oral sex with him. Thereafter, the court was told that the two other accused persons later had sex with him.
When the judge, Alkali Sanusi Muhammad Magami, asked the accused persons about the incident, they all pleaded not guilty.
The judge then adjourned the case to August 27, while the suspects were granted bail.
When the case came up on August 27, an interesting dimension was brought into the matter when a witness, Muawiyya Salisu, told the court that the ladies only held his manhood and this made the young man to faint.
The judge, for the second time, adjourned the case to September 10. He also granted bail to the accused persons without conditions.
Under the strict Islamic law (sharia) being observed in the state, if the ladies unmarried were found guilty of molest, the penalty would be 80 strokes of the cane plus one year jail term for each of them. However, if the ladies were found to have assaulted the man, they could be fined and sentenced to not less than six months imprisonment.
However, the mother of the ladies, Hajia Salame Hassan (60), who expressed sadness about the incident, told the Saturday Tribune that she had never envisaged that at her age, she would not find comfort. “Comfort had eluded me. Everyday, I raise my hands up praying to God to bring peace to me and members of the household.”
Hajia Salame insisted that her daughters were innocent. According to her “some people who witnessed the incident told me that my daughters were victimised.”
She told the Saturday Tribune that one of the ladies had a suitor and because of the noise made over the incident, the man had decided to stop the relationship.
She disclosed that her neighbours were even making jest of her family, adding that “sometimes, I spent the whole day inside my room because of the shame of facing my neighbours. I have trained them well. They are all always indoors. I don’t allow them to mix freely with those I feel are of unquestionable character.”
According to the mother, she would not give up until she sees her children all graduating from their respective schools. She told the Saturday Tribune that her only wish now is to see the end of this case in favour of the ladies.