3 el­derly men stoned over al­leged rape of mi­nor at Dakwa

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Adam Umar

Three el­derly men liv­ing in Un­guwar Fu­lani area of Dakwa in Bwari Area Coun­cil of the Federal Cap­i­tal ter­ri­tory (FCT) were stoned by res­i­dents of the area af­ter they were ac­cused of rap­ing a 10-yearold girl.

The sus­pects, all above 65 years, were al­leged to have lured the girl into a stall, af­ter its owner sent her to buy a zobo drink for him.

Res­i­dents beat and stoned the men and de­stroyed the stall, where they al­legedly com­mit­ted the crime.

Mother of the girl in­formed City News that her daugh­ter was re­turn­ing from a mosque, where she went for Fri­day prayers when she was called by one of the ac­cused, adding that her at­ten­tion was brought to the mat­ter by some women, who lived in a house close to the stall.

She said: “On get­ting to the area, I went close to the room in the com­pany of the women, only to see my daugh­ter com­ing out from the stall and the three men also came out there­after.

“The owner of the room and one of the sus­pects was try­ing to lock the room when he was con­fronted by the crowd on dis­cov­er­ing that they had raped the girl. They were beaten, and stoned by the crowd, who also de­stroyed the stall be­fore they were picked by some po­lice­men from Dakwa out­post af­ter the mat­ter was re­ported there.’’

A neigh­bour of the fam­ily, one Su­rajo Kamba, who re­ported the in­ci­dent to the po­lice, said the girl was taken to a govern­ment clinic at Deidei, where she was checked med­i­cally, and is­sued the re­sult as de­manded by the po­lice­men at the out­post.

He said the three sus­pects were trans­ferred to the Zuba po­lice di­vi­sion from the po­lice out­post.

When con­tacted, the Zuba Di­vi­sional Po­lice of­fi­cer, Femi Adeli­gan, a Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent, who con­firmed the in­ci­dent, said the mat­ter would be trans­ferred to the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment of the FCT po­lice com­mand, for fur­ther ac­tion.

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