Man, 21 Arrested For Raping A Minor In Zaria

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The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCD), Sabongari Division, has arrested  Emmanuel Francis, 21, of Dan-Raka Estate, Samaru, for allegedly raping a three year old girl (names withheld).

Parading the suspect before newsmen in Zaria on Friday, the Divisional Officer, SP Ahmed Musa said the case was reported to the division by one of its staff, Kamal Aliyu.

“I received a phone call at about 3p.m. on Thursday from one of our staff, Kamal Aliyu, who lived in the same compound with the accused and the parents of victim.

“I immediately mobilised our men to the scene.

“When they arrived at the house, they discovered that people had nearly lynched the accused, if not for Aliyu, who locked him up in his room after persuading the crowd,” he said.

Musa said the girl had been taken to Major Ibrahim Abdullahi Memorial General Hospital for medical examination to ascertain the fact and level of penetration.

He said the case would be charged to court after investigation.

The accused, who admitted to have canal knowledge of the little girl, said he committed the offence under satanic influence.

He appealed to those thinking of indulging in similar act to change their minds.

The mother of the girl, (names withheld) said:

“We reside in the same compound with Emmanuel and my children used to call him Uncle Emmanuel.

“I was preparing to proceed to Islamiyya School only to find out that the girl was not around.

“I knew she used to go to his room to play with his younger sister because they stay together.

“When I went into the room, I saw Emmanuel on top of my daughter releasing semen.

“There and then I shouted; people who gathered wanted to lynch him but a security man saved his life,” she said. (NAN)

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