A five-year-old girl, Mariya Suleiman has been reportedly defiled by a 38-year-old shoe shiner, Saleh Hassan, at Unguwar Hardo area of the Bauchi State capital.
The Executive Director, Prison Inmate Development Initiative (PIDI-Nigeria), a human rights group, Cate Iya Rize, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.
Rize said, “It is now a saddening case of Mariya Suleiman (Ummi) who was drugged and raped by one Saleh Hassan (Shoe Shiner) in Paparanda Unguwan Hardo.
“Saleh Hassan is a 38-year-old, single and he is also the Chairman of Peace and Security Committee (YAN Committee) in Paparanda Unguwan Hardo in Bauchi State. The suspect also lives in the same street with the parents of the victim, Mariya Suleiman.
“The case was reported to the Paralegal Unit of PIDI-Nigeria on Saturday and the monitoring and investigation unit of the organisation went for the investigation. On getting there, we met with the mother of Mariya, Mrs. Sureya Abubakar and her father Malam Suleiman Idris.
“Findings by PIDI revealed that Mrs Sureya had on the 16th day of July 2020, sent the victim (Mariya) to go and buy spaghetti at about 7:00 am but didn’t return on time.”
The executive director further said that the victim’s mother noticed that her daughter was limping upon returning home, adding that the victim alleged that she was raped by one Saleh.
“On persistent inquiry, the victim alleged that she was raped by one, uncle Saleh, saying that ‘when she got the spaghetti, on her way coming home, he called her and asked to take one medicine. She said it was after she took the medicine that she slept off, so when she woke up, she said he showed her a knife and said if she tells anybody, she will be killed.”
The statement also stated that several tests done on the victim at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital in Bauchi revealed a forceful penetration in her private part.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakili, said that the suspect had been arrested and “the case will be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department.”