A Nasarawa State Police Command officer is accused of raping and impregnating his 15-year-old niece.
The suspect, who is reported to be an Inspector with the Special Investigations Bureau of the Nigerian Police (SIB) under the office of the Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa state, was arrested on 18 July 2022 and is presently being held at the state CID in Lafia as investigations continue.
Mrs Rabiatu Addra, the State Chairman of the International Federation of Women Lawyers, confirmed the occurrence during a press conference in Lafia on Wednesday, July 27.
Mrs Addra stated that a whistleblower informed them that the 15-year-old victim was frequently raped by an uncle she was living with after her father died.
“Our team with the police took the victim to the hospital and paid for her treatment but unfortunately she lost the six-month-old baby. The state ministry of Justice further paid the bill for a DNA test as part of the ongoing investigation to ascertain the real culprit.” the FIDA chairperson said.
“The team is always ready and prepared to promote, protect and serve the rights of women and children. We are appealing to victims of abuse to always have the confidence to speak out so that we can render the necessary support to them,” she added.
She stated that upon receiving the whistleblower’s report, FIDA, in collaboration with the Sexual and Gender Based Violence Response Team (SGBV), coordinated and mobilized the police, resulting in the suspect’s arrest.
She stated that the victim had been released from the hospital and was reunited with her family.
Mrs Rabiatu Addra stated that the organization would not stop until justice was done and urged the police to conduct a thorough inquiry.
Addra also urged the state police command to conduct a comprehensive probe into the matter.
Meanwhile, it was discovered that the JSS 3 student was raped immediately after moving in with the suspect.
According to a report by Citizen’s Centre For Justice, Leadership and Peace, the officer allegedly laced soft drink with drug and gave her when the wife was not around.
“She woke up to pains in her vagina and lower abdomen. She also saw blood on her bed and her clothes and also her vagina, a clear indication that her virginity was destroyed. At other times, he gives her same substance and rapes her and she wakes up only to see herself soiled in sperm. It got to a point that he doesn’t drug her before raping her. He threatened to kill her if she tells anybody. As pregnancy got to six months, the perpetrator procured abortion drugs from a quack chemist and it was on the third day of taking the pills that we got to know.” the report said.
“After the arrest of the perpetrator, we took the girl to the Hospital where it was confirmed that the foetus was already dead. Surgery was done immediately to remove the dead foetus which happened to be female. The blood sample of the perpetrator and that of the foetus was taken for DNA purposes through the financial and moral support by FIDA Nigeria International Federation of Women Lawyers, Nasarawa state chapter. She is currently recuperating from the hospital bed.”