Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi
Bauchi State police command has arrested three suspected rapists who allegedly kidnapped and repeatedly raped a 20-year-old woman, Hauwa Suleiman of Nupawa ward in Bauchi Metropolis.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Kamal Datti Abubakar, disclosed this yesterday while parading the three suspects who are also members of the notorious knife wielding youths called Sarasuka -Abbas Usman alias Gero, 18, Shamsudeen Adamu alias Duna, 18, and Gado Mohammed Yayayo, 18, at the police command headquarters in Bauchi.
Abubakar said the victim was waylaid by the suspects on her way home after closing from work on October 4, at about 10:00 p.m. on reaching Bauchi Club, “Four men on motorcycle abducted her and took her to an uncompleted building along airport road, robbed her of her Gionee handset, and her handbag containing the sum of N8,000.00 and other valuable and the suspects raped her repeatedly,” the PPRO said.
In his confession, one of the suspected rapists, Abbas Usman, said three of them took turns to rape the suspect after holding a sharp cutlass to her neck.
“I knew the girl well. I had asked her out on two occasions but she rejected my overtures. She was walking with another girl and a boy. After she parted with the boy and the girl, we used the opportunity to kidnap her and took her to a room in an uncompleted building where three of us raped her. She was shouting and we ran away,” he said
The PPRO also disclosed that exactly after a month, precisely on November 4, due to the intensified effort by the command’s Anti-kidnapping Unit, the suspects were arrested on their way to disrupt a wedding in Bauchi metropolis.
The police spokesman said that two sharp cutlasses, two sharp knives, charms were among exhibits recovered from the suspected rapists.
He said the command’s Anti-kidnapping Unit on October 18, gunned down a suspected notorious kidnapper called Buba Manu, who had been terrorising the residents of Lema Burra forest area.
Abubakar said Buba Manu was allegedly involved in the kidnap and killing of three female hostages in Ganjuwa Local Government Area of the state in September.
DSP Abubakar disclosed that the police recovered one revolver gun, two live cartridges, Gionee handset suspected to be used for ransom negotiation while others escaped.
In the same vein, Abubakar disclosed that the police have charged 42 suspects to court in connection with the reported cases of extra-judicial killings of innocent people in Ganjuwa, Wariji, Ningi and Darazo Local Government Areas by the notorious Babeli group.
He said seven persons were convicted in connection with the killings by suspected Babeli members, 35 are awaiting trial, while exhibits recovered include four single barrel guns, 11 dane guns, 10 gunpowder pallets, 35 Cartridges and 10 motorcycles.