The Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) at the Badariya area of Birini-Kebbi metropolis in Kebbi State, has arrested a 30- year-old physically challenged man who specialises in raping teenage girls. The Chairman of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Alhaji Lawal Augie, told journalist in Birnin Kebbi, yesterday that the man was apprehended by the residents of the area while having canal knowledge of the four underaged girls.
He stated that, “on the night of Wednesday, we got a distressed call from the district head of Badariya area, that a physically challenged person, by name Abdul- Azeez Jega, was caught having canal knowledge of the four underaged girls who are hawkers, while hawking in the area. “We sent our men immediately to the area and the man was handed over to us for interrogation and we immediately transferred his matter to the state Hisbah committee for necessary action, because it has to do with violation of our culture.” He said.
He said further that the man was reported to have been chased away from Jega Local Government Area for similar behaviour consequent upon which he relocated here in Birnin-Kebbi and now he is arrested for doing same thing again. Confirming the allegation when confronted, one of the victims (name withheld), who is a 13-year old, said the suspect started raping her in 2017.
“My first contact with him was in 2017, while I was hawking locally baked cake in Badariya area close to his house. As soon as he heard my voice, he called me to come enquiring what I was selling, when I came, he held my and I just felt dizzy and slumped; he picked me up to his bedroom where he raped me.” she confessed.
She confessed further that she reported the matter to her parents, and her father promised he would take the man to court and since then, she did not hear anything from her father and she had no contact with the man again until Wednesday. “When I saw him, he lured me again to his room using similar tactics and raped me again before he was caught.
Confessing to the crime, the accused person, Jega, said it was the devil that pushed him into such despicable acts with minors. “I am from Jega Local Government Area and a trader by occupation; I have one wife and three children, two girls and a boy. This is the first time I have been into this act and it is the devil that pushed me into it, I can’t say more than that.”