Police operatives have arrested a 38-year old man, Sakeh Hassan, who allegedly drugged and raped his neighbour’s 5-year old girl using a knife.
The incident happened at Paparanda, Anguwar Hardo in Bauchi LGA of Bauchi State.
According to the mother of the victim:-
“On the 16th day of July 2020, I sent my little daughter to go and buy spaghetti at about 7:00 am but she didn’t return on time”.
“The perpetrator is not only a member of the vigilante group; he is also the Chairman of the group at Paparanda, a suburb of Bauchi metropolis.”
The mother said the suspect, Saleh Hassan (Shoe Shiner); a vigilante member (popularly called Yan Kwamiti) drugged her daughter, by giving her some tablets on her way home from where she was sent for shopping.
The girl’s mother said her daughter got drowsy and slept off upon taking the drugs.
“So when she woke up, my daughter said he (the culprit) showed her a knife and said if she tells anybody, she will be killed.”
“While she was coming, I noticed that she was leaping. I asked her where she has been and what was wrong with her but she said nothing,” Sureya, the girl’s mother added.
She said the terrible experience forced her daughter into dreadful cries because of her inability to walk following the pains inflicted on her by her predator.
“The next day, in the morning, my daughter was crying and couldn’t walk again” she said.
The victim’s mother said there were several bruises in her private part.
“However, when I insisted on knowing the suspect, my daughter said she was raped by one uncle Saleh.”
The Executive Director of PIDI-Nigeria, Mrs. Cate Rize, who facilitated the arrest of the perpetrator in a statement, said:-
“The victim alleged that she was raped by one, uncle Saleh, saying that ‘when she got the spaghetti, on her way coming home, he called her and asked to take one medicine. She said it was after she took the medicine that she slept off. So when she woke up, she said he showed her a knife and said if she tells anybody, she will be killed”.
PIDI said a gynaecologist at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital in Bauchi has confirmed “a forceful penetration in her private part’.
“PIDI-Nigeria regretted that the minor has been rendered helpless and hopeless, calling on the Police to immediately prosecute the suspected rapist.
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