Six suspects have been arrested by the Bauchi State Police Command for r*ping a 12-year-old girl in the Katagum Local Government Area of the state.
Spokesperson of the command, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, who disclosed this in a statement on Friday, January 27, 2023, said the suspects, aged between 40 and 50, confessed to have had carnal knowledge of the minor after luring her with monetary gifts ranging from N100 to N200.
"The case was referred from the Lower sharia court, Yayu town Chinade district Katagum LGA on the 18th of January 2023 for discreet investigation regarding a 12-year-old girl who was r*ped on different occasions," the statement read.
"A discreet investigation was conducted by the Gender Unit attached to SCID Bauchi state Police Command.
"However, the investigation pointed to the following suspects, namely; Mustapha kawu,40,Abubakar Bello, 50, Idriss Yakubu, 40, Nasiru Dalhatu, 40, Idris Sarkin Ruwa,50, Abubakar Jallaba, and Mustapha Kawu,40, all of Yayu village, Katagum LGA,"
"The suspects confessed to have on different occasions enticed the little girl with monetary gifts ranging from N100 to N200 naira and have carnal knowledge of her,"
"During the interrogation, all the suspects confessed to have had carnal knowledge of the underage victim,"
"It is pertinent for members of the public to know that Rape is a capital offence and also against humanity and good conscience. Section 283 of the penal code, Section 1(2a-c) of the VAPP ACT of Bauchi state prescribes the punishment for R*pe.
"During the investigation, the detectives of the Command uncovered all facts and points to establish a prima-facie case against the accused persons respectively.
"The Commissioner of Police CP Aminu Alhassan psc (+) directed that the suspects be charged to court to face the full wrath of the law as justice will be served to the accused, the victim, and the society at large."