Stepfather to a nine-year-old has allegedly gang-raped his stepdaughter alongside four others in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital. The minor, named withheld, is a primary 2 pupil of Bindigari Primary School, Damaturu and an orphan haven lost her biological father seven years ago. This is coming less than a week after a Ward Head of Fannami in Gashu’a town allegedly sodomized a-six-year-old nursery 3 pupil.
Reacting to the latest rape allegation, the Yobe State police command has confirmed the arrest of four suspects in connection with the molestation of the nine-year-old girl including her stepfather. The Public Relations Officer of the command, ASP Abdulmalik Abdulhafeez, made the confirmation yesterday in Damaturu.
“The suspects, including the ex husband of the victim’s mother and three others, are already in police custody and investigation is ongoing. The matter will soon be taken to court after all investigation has been concluded, Abdulhafeez said.
The suspects are Yarima Yakubu, stepfather of the victim; Usaini Zauna, Muhammed Garba and Muhammed Sabo, all of whom are residents of Babban Tsangaya area of Damaturu. It was gathered that three of the remaining suspects are at large. Mother of the victim, Zara Usman, alleged that her ex-husband, Yarima Yakubu, lured the girl to a house at Babban Tsangaya area of Damaturu where she was raped. She added that her daughter was confirmed to be HIV positive by the Damaturu Specialist Hospital, and as a result, she has stopped going to school.
“Because of my poor condition, I cannot do anything on the matter except to leave things for God but I want the state government to take over the case,” she said.
Reports gathered at the State Specialists’ Hospital, Damaturu, revealed that the girl has been placed on Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), which is a 28-day course of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) within 36-72 hours for exposure to HIV. The finding showed that the PEP could reverse the HIV status of the girl after the expiration of the 28 days.