A 60-year-old man identified as Ibrahim Haruna has been arrested for having unlawful carnal knowledge of a six-year-old in Gawuna Quarters within the Hadejia Local Government Area of Jigawa State.
The police public relations officer in the state ASP Lawal Shiisu confirmed the arrest to Channels Television in a statement late on Tuesday.
According to the communique, the arrest was made after the mother of the six-year-old reported the incident to the police division in Hadejia.
“One Ibrahim Haruna aged 60-year-old of Gawuna Quarters lured a 6-year-old also of the same address into his shop and had carnal knowledge of her.” the statement said.
“The suspect was arrested, the victim was rushed to sexual assault referral center Dutse for medical examination, the case is under investigation at the State CID in Dutse,” it added.
Governor Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa has approved a law that proposes the death sentence for rapists and kidnappers. However, cases of rape in the state have continued to rise with the police recording 35 cases in four months since the time the law was approved.