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Bauchi Again: As 38 Years Old Shoe Shiner Rapes Another Minor

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Bauchi Again: As 38 Years Old Shoe Shiner Rapes Another Minor

BY ADEYEMI AKANJI, BAUCHI – The ugly incidences of barbaric rape cases continue to be on the rise in spite of condemnation and calls for stringent measures against the unwholesome practice.

This is just as the perpetrators of the evil acts seems to have chosen minors as their major targets thereby making their victims become devastated and left at the mercy of medical personnel.

One of the latest cases took place in Bauchi State where a 38 years old man with the name, Saleh Hassan, allegedly violently raped a five year old girl, little Mariya Suleiman at Unguwar Hardo area of Bauchi metropolis and later threatened to kill the little girl with a knife is she dares tells anyone of his devilish act.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the Bauchi State Command, DSP Ahmed Wakili while confirming the arrest of the rapist, Saleh Hassan, told our correspondent that; “We have the report of the rape from the Township Police Division. The culprit has been arrested and is in detention now. The matter will be transferred to the SIIB for thorough investigation and possible prosecution”.

This is just as a human rights group on the aegis of “Prison Inmate Development Initiative (PIDI-Nigeria)” lamented the rising cases of the ugly incidence described as deadly.

PIDI-Nigeria in a statement by its Executive Director, Cate Iya Rize states; “It is now a saddening case of Mariya Suleiman (Ummi), who was drugged and raped by one Saleh Hassan (Shoe Shiner) in Paparanda Unguwan Hardo.

“Saleh Hassan is a 38 years old, single and he is also the Chairman of Peace and Security Committee (YAN Committee) in Paparanda Unguwan Hardo in Bauchi State. The suspect also lives in the same street with the parents of the Victim, Mariya Suleiman,” it noted.

PIDI-Nigeria continued; “The case was reported to the Paralegal Unit of PIDI-Nigeria on Saturday and the monitoring and Investigation unit of our organisation went for the investigation. On getting there, we met with the mother of Mariya, Mrs. Sureya Abubakar and her father Malam Suleiman Idris.

“Our findings revealed that Mrs Sureya had on the 16th day of July 2020, sent the victim (Mariya) to go and buy Spaghetti at about 7:00am but didn’t return on time”.

PIDI-Nigeria further narrated that the mother of the victim noticed that she was leaping on returning home and asked where she had been and what was wrong with her only to get to know that the poor girl was brutally raped.

The statement also said; “On persistent inquiry, 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 tell anybody, she will be killed”.

The NGO explained that while the suspect is being detained by the Police, the victim was taken to a Gynecologist at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital in Bauchi, where several tests on her revealed a forceful penetration in her vagina.

PIDI-Nigeria regretted that the minor has been rendered helpless and hopeless and therefore called on the Police to immediately prosecute the suspected rapist.

It also called on the Chief Judge of the State and other organizations that have to do with justice in Bauchi State to ensure that justice is served on anyone that commits such an offence regardless of the age or gender of the victim.

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