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Published On: Wed, Oct 25th, 2017

Policeman, NSCDC officer detained over rape in Jigawa

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From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse

The Jigawa state Police Command said it has detained one police sergeant, Jamilu Mohammed and a Civil Defence Corps officer, Habu Musa for alleged raping of one Malama Safiya of Maigatari town in Jigawa state.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Abdul Jinjiri confirmed the detention of two security officers while speaking to news men in Dutse yesterday.
He said, the victim lodged a formal complaint at the Maigatari Police Station that the duo of the police officer and Civil Defence Corp officers allegedly raped her adding that the two accused persons were arrested and in their custody.
His words, “ investigation is on progress, a team of officers have visited the area in respect of this case and the police force would treat the case in accordance with the police law and constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria”.
SP Jinjiri identified the victim as Malama Safiya Maigatari, while the suspects were Sergeant Jamilu Muhammad and Habu Musa who is a NSDC operative.
It was alleged that, the duo who were accused of forcefully having carnal knowledge of Malama Safiya of maigatari town after she just returned from a journey on Sunday from Niger republic.
Speaking to our reporter, the victim said, “I just returned from a business trip from Niger republic which is a border town with our Village (Maigatari) and I called my motorcycle driver to take me home when I suddenly started to feel dizzy which was why I asked him to drop me so that I could have a moment of rest before we could continue to our destination”, victim explained.
She further revealed that, “it was at that point while I was resting by the motorcycle that the two officers came and alleged that they will arrest us for wrongfully involving in immoral act and insisted that we must offer them with a bribe of N10,000 which I said I don’t have
“The police officers whom had released my driver after realizing that they couldn’t get anything from him, insisted that I must offer them the said amount or he will expose me being a married woman for having questionable affairs with a strange person,” she said.
According to Safiya, the officers later withdrew from their earlier demand of bribe after she went into her parents’ house and produced a copy of her divorce certificate which nullified their accusation on her for being unmarried, only for them again demand to have sex with her instead.
She said, “The police officer who all along was pointing his gun at me asked the other officer to drag me to an uncompleted building and there they had turns of sex with me,” she alleged.

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