By Mahmoud Dogara (Bauchi Correspondent)

The Bauchi State Police Command has arrested 27 suspected rapists in the state. This is part of efforts to enforce the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPP), recently enacted by the Bauchi State Government.

A statement on Friday by the Bauchi State Police Public Relation Officer, DSP Ahmed Mohammed Wakili, and issued on behalf of the State Commissioner of Police, Lawan Tanko, said: "on the 16th of July 2020, at about 1800hrs, the peace and security commitee members attached to ungurwan Hardo, brought one Saleh Hassan, age 29 years of Ungurwan Hardo to the Bauchi Township police station, for luring one five year old Marita Ummi Saleh to his room and had carnal knowledge of her, which as a result, she sustained serious injury in her private part.

The statement further stated that on the 24th of July 2020, at about 1630hrs, one 27 year old Ahmed Nuhu of Rahama ward, Gumua Toro local government, reported at the Toro Police Station, that sometime within the year 2020, his late brother's daughter, one 15 year old Khadija Bashir, who currently under the custody of his brother, Ali Nuhu, age 33 years, was sexually abused by the same Ali Nuhu.

Ali Nuhu according to the police, had sexual intercourse with her on different occasions in his room.The case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.

" On the 26/7/2020, at about 1700hrs, one Abubakar Ibrahim of behind Manu Primary School, Ningi local government, came to the Police station Ningi, reported on the same date, at about 1000hrs, that one Umar Ibrahim of the same address, took his daughter, one 8 years Ummi Salma Abubakar, to one of the classrooms in the school and had forceful sexual intercourse with her.On receiving the report, the police team were drafted to the scene of the incident and the victim was taken to the General Hospital Ningi for examination"

"Upon preliminary investigation, the suspect also confessed to have sexual intercourse with one six year old Fatima who is the step-sister of the said suspect.The case has been transferred to the SCID for discreet investigation. Also, on the 19/7/2020, at about 1210hrs, the police received information from one Sansan village that one 25 year old Muhammad Mukhtar raped one 9 year old Lari Damina of the same address in the bush.A team of policemen were dispatched to the scene of the Incident and the victim was taken to the General Hospital Gamawa for medical Examination.The Suspect was arrested and transferred to the SCID for discreet investigation" The statement read

Similarly, on the 16/4/2020 at 2000hrs, one Kabiru Saleh residing at Yelwa Makaranta along with three others, conspired and abducted one 15 years old Kadijat Usman and forcefully had sexual intercourse with her, one after the other.The names of the other suspects are 27 year old Kabiru Mohammed, 28 year old Abdullahi Abdullahi and 26 year old Christopher Luka of Yelwa Makaranta. NNL.

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