by Rachel Ogbu

 The Kebbi State Police have arrested three men after they allegedly raped a pregnant housewife to punish her husband, who they claimed listened to an “offensive” Islamic sermon.

Yusuf Ahmed, Muazu Mohammed and Bawa Ibrahim allegedly committed the crime in Ula-Ira town in the Ngaski Local Government Area of the state.

According to reports, Alhaji Garba Saleh, Deputy Commissioner of Police in Birnin Kebbi said that they were all charged to a Magistrates’ Court for theft, criminal intimidation, rape and criminal trespass.

In a self-confession, the rapists said they wanted to teach her husband a lesson. Saleh said the victim was raped over an offence ostensibly committed by her husband, stressing that she identified the rapists.

Saleh said that one Bawa Ibrahim had complained to the district head of the area about the “offensive” sermon of Malam Maiguduma, played by Muhammad Dantillo, the husband of the victim.

The accused felt offended that Dantillo defied their demand for him to desist from playing the sermon to public hearing.

He said that one of the accused (Bawa Ibrahim) confronted and threatened “to deal” with the husband of the rape victim.

The accused utilised the departure of Dantillo on a fishing expedition to abduct and rape his wife and then stole N150,000 from her.