Man, 43, es­capes lynch­ing for de­fil­ing 11 year-old

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Abubakar Sadiq Isah

Aforty three year-old man, iden­ti­fied as Kabiru Ya­haya, nar­rowly es­caped be­ing lynched by an an­gry mob on Satur­day af­ter­noon af­ter he al­legedly raped an 11 year-old girl at Un­guwar Bayi at Suleja, Niger State.

A mem­ber of the vig­i­lante in the area, who craved anonymity, said the in­ci­dent hap­pened around 3:47 pm when the ac­cused al­legedly lured the vic­tim to his room and raped her.

He said the vic­tim

left home in com­pany of three other girls to celebrate Sal­lah, when the man asked her to come and col­lect N200 for Sal­lah.

“It was the other three girls that ran back home to re­port the mat­ter be­fore our men were in­vited. When we forced the door open, the man was naked,” he said.

He said it was in the process of tak­ing the sus­pect to the po­lice af­ter he con­fessed to rap­ing the girl that some youths in the area at­tempted to lynch him.

He de­cried in­ces­sant cases of rape, es­pe­cially within the town, say­ing there was need for author­i­ties to save un­der­aged girls from sex­u­ally de­praved men.

“Even a day to Sal­lah, we ar­rested another man at Rafin Senyin vil­lage who lured a girl who was selling ground­nut into his shop and at­tempted to rape her. If not for neigh­bours who raised alarm, he would have pen­e­trated the girl,” he added.

Ef­forts to get the re­ac­tion of the Suleja Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer (DPO) over the in­ci­dent were not suc­cess­ful, but a po­lice of­fi­cer at the sta­tion who re­fused to dis­close his name con­firmed the in­ci­dent, say­ing the mat­ter was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

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