From Umar Dankano,Yola.
The Adamawa State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of one Ahmadu Idris,42 years old of Ngwalam village in Numan Local Government Area for alleged defiling a 13 year minor.
Image maker of the Command, DSP Suleiman Yahaya Nguroje said that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Numan Council brought the matter before the command’s headquarters which was transferred to Criminal Investigation Department, CID.
Nguroje stated that the incident occurred last week when the victim (name withheld) was sent on an errand by her grandmother to take some female wrappers for sale to her mother for onward marketing to her neighbours then the rapist intercepted her.
Narrating his own side of the story, father to the victim, Mallam Musa Abubakar told our reporter that the rapist deceived his daughter by instructing her to take the materials to his wives in his house so that they can purchase.
Abubakar explained that immediately she entered the rapist’s residence, he directed her to proceed to his second wife’s apartment where she was forcefully raped by him under duress as he allegedly threatened to kill her if she dare resist.
Abubakar added that the rapist’s second wife came back home and caught them red handed on their matrimonial bed, a situation that provoked her to screamed loudly calling the attention of neighbours.
He stressed that they reported the matter to the ward head in Ngwalam,who advised them to move to the police station in Numan town due to the gravity of the offence where the minor was taken to Hope Centre in Numan Hospital for treatment and examination.
According to him, timely intervention of some civil society organisations and the media in the case assisted in countering the pressure from some quarters soliciting for settling the issue quietly and that the result from Numan Hospital had confirmed actual penetration.
He appealed for justice to his daughter lamenting that the unfortunate act has thrown his entire family into unnecessary psychological trauma and stigmatisation.
However, Nguroje has assured that as soon as investigation is completed, the culprit will be charged to court for prosecution, calling on parents and guardians to be wary of the company their wards are keeping in the society.