By Ademola Akanni, Abuja
A 27 years old man has been arrested by officers of the Nasarawa State Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for allegedly raping a three month old baby, reports The Gazelle News.com.
The suspect, Ahmadu Yaro, was arrested on Tuesday, 23 June, 2020 in Adogi Village, Nasarawa State by officials of the Corps after what the command called “a thorough intelligence gathering and investigation” took place.
A statement by Ekunola Gbenga, Media Assistant to the Commandant General of NSCDC on Tuesday, said, Ahmadu Yaro, 27 was arrested for sexually assaulting and brutally injuring the three-month old baby (names withheld).
Yaro, the prime suspect of Angwan Mai Angwa Muhammadu Madan Tara Adogi, was once arrested by the members of the community about two years ago but the case was discharged without the involvement of any security agency.
The suspect testified that he had been involved in several sexual abuses especially against babies in that community.
“On the 14th day of June, 2020 at about 1533hours on Sunday, we received an intelligence information that a baby of three (3) months was sexually assaulted and brutally injured by unknown person and was taken to the Dalhatu Arab Specialist Hospital (DASH) Lafia on the 27th of May, 2020 at about 0300hours. After series of examination at Dalhatu Arab Specialist Hospital, it was realized that her case is beyond Dalhatu Arab Specialist Hospital and was referred to the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) Plateau State dated 28th day of May, 2020,” the statement from the NSCDC said.
Maimuna Adam, mother of the victim explained that the incident occurred in the midnight of May 27, when the family was asleep and the door to their room was left open due to heat being experienced in the area.
“The incident occurred on Wednesday 27 of last month when suddenly I woke up around 3am and found that my baby was missing. I checked my phone which was also close to me before I slept, but it was also missing,” the mother narrated.
Maimuna said soon after she realised that something was wrong with her infant daughter, she began to shout and people in the compound and others woke up to come to the aid of the family.
She explained that when both men and women of the village trooped into their compound, they went out in search of the baby on foot and motorcycles, and ultimately the child was found in an uncompleted building bleeding.
“She was found lying in the building with her pant kept aside. Everywhere across her private part was blood and then we rushed her to the hospital, “ she added.
The Adogi Town has been witnessing these series of devilish acts. This is the fifth attempt, investigation revealed.
The Corps, however, assured that the suspects would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation into the case was completed.
The Commandant General Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, urged all parents and guardians to ensure close supervision and proper attention to their wards to prevent unscrupulous elements from taking undue advantage of the vulnerable ones.
Gana also admonished youths to shun all social vices such as rape, theft, cultism, vandalism, riot among others in the good interest of the nation.
“Nigerians should be bold enough to report any form of sexual assault or misbehaviours to the Citizens’ Integrity Unit (CIU) of the NSCDC at any of our formation across the nation,” he advised.