A 38-year old man has been accused of raping five year old girl in Bauchi State. Meanwhile, a human rights group, Prison Inmate Development Initiative (PIDI-Nigeria) has demanded the prosecution of the alleged suspect. The group Executive Director, Cate Iya Rize alleged that the five year old girl Mariya Suleiman was raped by the man at Unguwar Hardo area of the Bauchi State capital.
He said: “Mariya Suleiman (Ummi), five year was drugged and raped by a 38 year old Saleh Hassan (Shoe Shiner) in Paparanda Unguwan Hardo.<br><br>”Saleh Hassan is 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 parent of the Victim, Mariya Suleiman.
“The case was reported to the Paralegal Unit of PIDI-Nigeria on Saturday and the monitoring and Investigation unit of the organisation went for the investigation. “On getting there, we met with the mother of Mariya, Mrs. Sureya Abubakar and her father Malam Suleiman Idris.
“Findings by PIDI 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,” she said. Cate 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 and learnt that she was raped.
According to her, the victim alleged that she was raped by Saleh, saying that “when she got the noodle, on her way coming home, he called her and asked her 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.”
Police has since apprehended the suspect while the victim was taken to a gynecologist at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital in Bauchi, several tests on her revealed a forceful penetration in her genital PIDI-Nigeria regretted that the minor has been rendered helpless calling on the police to prosecute the suspected rapist, chief Judge of the state and every other organisation that has to do with justice in Bauchi state to ensure that proper justice is served on anyone that commits such offence regardless of the age or gender of the victim.