A 12-year-old minor, Sadiya Hassan, has been defiled by a 24-year-old shop owner, Samuel Mathew. Despite denying the allegations, the suspect went into custody. This news was disclosed at the Command headquarters in Lafia on Tuesday, July 13, by the General Manager of Nasarawa State Agency for Youths Empowerment Scheme (NAYES), Abdullahi Maina.
He stated that the shop owner was brought to the Command by some residents of Doma Road, where he allegedly raped the minor who sells Madidi, a local meal made with millet. Maina revealed that after observing the victim, Sadiya Hassan, was bleeding much in the office, he hurriedly took her to the nearest primary health care centre for an examination. Result confirmed Sadiya was right.
He said; “They had to stitch her, and later, they demanded that the suspect should be brought for examination to know if he is HIV positive or negative. The test result turned out negative. I have called the state coordinator of Human Rights and the Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development to know the next line of action.”
He assured the public that justice would prevail, saying the Command would collaborate with the leading security outfit in charge of such cases and ensure that the issue not ignored. Uncle of the alleged rape victim, Abbas Ibrahim, also alleged that the shop owner Samuel, who raped his niece, inflicted injury on her private part, causing her to lose so much blood.
Ibrahim claimed the shop owner called his niece and told her he wanted to buy Madidi, a local meal made with millet, adding that the suspect forced her into his shop where he had canal knowledge of her. The suspect, however, repeatedly denied the allegation.
He stated he was in his shop when he saw the girl selling Madidi. He called her to buy the Madidi, so he asked if she had N1,000 change, but she said no. He had no idea what happened after observing her eyes were red, so he asked her to go.
However, As she was leaving his shop, she started crying. People outside asked her what the problem was, and that is when she accused him of rape, and people came in and concluded that he raped her, but he didn’t commit the crime.