By: Okosun Dennis
As rape cases grew exponentially with minors and indolescents girls becoming victims of sexual violence, Katsina State Police Command is at war with numerous suspects reported in recent times.
However, with the number of cases increasing by the day, it has put a lot of demands on men of the Nigerian police force who have worked assisdously, often times overstretching their capacity to track suspects and get them apprehended.
Such efforts, it was gathered based on intelligence coupled with community efforts, have galvanised in the number of victims presently cooling off at different cells facing and awaiting prosecution.
According to the spokesperson of the Katsina State Police Command, SP Gambo Isah stated on Thursday in Katsina that the tremendous achievements recorded in the fight against rape, unnatural offence and other sexual offences especially against young children was due to the proactive leadership of the Commissioner of Police of the state, CP Sanusi Buba.
He explained that between the months of April and June, the command has arrested over 40 suspected sexual offenders who have committed various crime against women and young children.
It was learnt that on the 16th April, 2020, a 40-year-old man identified as Abbatti Abdullahi was apprehended for raping a minor. The suspect who resides at Sabuwar Kasuwa Quarters, Katsina was said to deceived the 9 years old girl living in the same address into his house and raped her.
It was revealed that in the course of investigation, the suspect confessed to the crime and he is presently facing prosecution.
In similar vein, an 65 years old man also sexually molested an 8 years old girl in Magam village in Kankia local government area of the state.
Police hinted that on the 24th May, 2020 about 21:00hrs, the Command had arrested one Ibrahim Tasi’u, “male,” who lured the little girl of the same address into the bush and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her.
As the cases of sexual molestation grew in proportion, so also the ages of the children involved are tender.
It was gathered that on the 26th May, 2020 about 14:00hrs, the Command busted a notorious syndicate that specializes in attacking young women and girls and gang raping them.
After a diligent ambush, the syndicate met their waterloo after they seduced a 12-year-old girl and gang raped her. Among those arrested are Idris Usman, 30, Ibrahim Ihedgbo, 37, Aliyu Musa, 25, and Garba Abdulmumini, 30.
SP Gambo further stated that all the four suspects live at Dansoda village, Dandume LGA of Katsina stae.
The victim was later taken to the General Hospital, Funtua for treatment while the suspects are facing prosecution after confessing to the crime.
However, Auwalu Sulaiman, 21, was arrested on Wednesday for raping a 14-year-old girl about six months ago and impregnating her in the process.
SP Gambo stated that the suspect
used a knife to intimidate the girl into submission. Before he carried out the dastardly act, the girl was on her way to the farm. It was learnt that the suspect who lives at Shawaki village, Bakori LGA of Katsina state, tied her hands with her head tie and forcefully penetrated her leading to six months old pregnancy she is carrying.
However, at Rahamawa Quarters, Katsina, a 19-year-old boy took on his step sister and raped her to stupor.
Nationalwire learnt that on the 10th May, 2020 about 11:00hrs, one Lawal Abubakar, the Sabon Gari Division, got a report from the complaint that his biological son, Ibrahim Lawal, raped his 10 years old step sister.
Other rape cases reported indicated that there was also an incidence of a serial rapist at Dandume who on several occassion lured a 12-year-old girl into his house and deceitfully had unlawful sexual relationship with her.
Muhammed Sani Adamu, alias ‘Babangida, 33, of Machika village, Sabuwa LGA of Katsina state, and a serial rapist, was on 4th June, 2020 about 14:00hrs, arrested by the Command.
Also the Command effected the arrest of a 20-year-old man who raped another 5 years old girl at Yar-Yara quarters, Bakori LGA of the state.
Aliyu Lawal, alias “Daddy was said to have been picked by the police on the 6th June, 2020 after he cajoled the little girl into an uncompleted building and forcefully had an unlawful carnal knowledge of her.
Amadu Amadu, 25, of Wawar Kaza village, Kankara LGA of Katsina state lured an 8 years old girl, who went into his house hawking for beans cake and forcefully raped her. As a result, the victim sustained lacerations in her private part after the rape.
As the case of rape grew in length and breath in Katsina state, so also incidences of homosexuality and sodomy are growing as teenagers are been cajoled or threatened with offensive weapons to their whims and caprices.
Latest crack down in the state led to the arrested of a 65-year old man who lured three young boys into an uncompleted Filling Station at Kasuwar Mata Quarters, Funtua LGA of Katsina state and molested them against the order of nature.
The suspect, Abdullahi Inusa, was nabbed on the 16th June, 2020 about 14:00hrs, based on a tip off. The police disclosed that he lured three boys whose ages were given as between seven to nine years.
Also sodomized on the 22nd June, 2020 was a 15-year-old victim whom the suspect, Muhammad
Shafi’u, Yahaya, 39, of Masanawa Quarters, Katsina who lured one Ahmed Danlami, 15, of Abukur village into his house at Masanawa Quarters, Katsina and had unlawful carnal knowledge of him against the order of nature.
Also disclosed by the police was a father that caught a rapist on top of her daughter forcefully raping her.
According to SP Gambo, the father of the victim, Ilyasu Tasi’u, of Jachi village Mani LGA of Katsina state reported at Mani police Division that he caught the suspect behind his house.
According him, he had responded to a shout on the 23 June, 2020 only to dicover that his 13 years old daughter was being raped behind his house by one Aliyu Shu’aibu, 25, of Bagiwa village, Mani LGA of Katsina state.
To prevent her from shouting loudly, he used a cloth to cover her mouth thereby having his was forcefully and unlawfully against her wish.
However, when the victim was taken to Mani Hospital, the doctor confirmed that there was a direct penetration and blood rushing from her private part.
Others arrested for similar offences of rape included one Mustapha Mansir, 45, of Gachi Quarters, Kankia LGA of Katsina state who had on the 8th June, 2020 about 16:30hrs, lured a 9-year-old girl into his house and forcefully had unlawful carnal knowledge of her.
Added to the list of suspects was a 50-year- old, Abdullahi Ado, of Shagarai village, Kaita L.G.A of Katsina state who attacked a 12-year-old daughter of one Musa Mamman, 35, of Waiwaya village, also in Kaita L.G.A of Katsina state, intimidated her and forcefully, unlawfully sexually molested her.
Not left out according to police reports was a case bordering on rape involving one Mannir Magaji, 25, of Santarama Village, who on the 17th June, 2020 about 19:30hours, deceived the 17 years old daughter of Bilkisu Bala of Sabon Gari quarters, Kusada L.G.A of Katsina state and lured her into court premises in Kusada town and had sexual intercourse with her as a result she conceived and she is four months pregnant.
In addition, on the 7th June, 2020 about 14:00hours, it was gathered that one Yahaya Da’u, 38, of Kerau quarters Katsina reported a case to the Central police Station katsina and said that about 12:00hours on the same date, one of his sister Bilkisu Da’u called to notify him that one Abubakar Ashiru, 21, of K/Marusa quarters katsina took one Hadiza Da’u, 17 years old of Kerau quarters katsina behind their house and had sexual intercourse with her.
However, in the cause of investigation, the victim revealed that one Kabiru Umar, 34, of Kerau quarters katsina also had sexual intercourse with her three months back.
Equally not left out in the orgy of rape was the raping of a house wife.
Nationalwire gathered that on 23th April, 2020, one Abdullahi Sani, 27, of Hayin-gada quarters Dutsen-Ma town reported at the police station Dutsen-ma that while his wife, Naja’atu Abdullahi, 20, was fast a sleep, one Shafi’u Abubakar, 20, of the same address sneaked into his house and forcefully raped his wife, knowing full well it was an offence contrary to Section 254 of Katsina state.
As that was not enough, on the 22nd June, 2020 about 0800hrs, the Command succeeded in arresting one Hayatu Umar, 21, of Kamri village, Bindawa L.G.A Katsina State who was said to have forcefully had unlawful carnal knowledge of a 13-years-old girl in Marina farm after attacking her with a knife and threatened he would kill her if she refused to succumb to the illicit act.
Added to the growing list of worrisome rapes within the Katsina state happened on the15th June, 2020 involving one Mohammed Lawal, 46, of Unguwar Runji Quarters, Kankia who was arrested after deceiving and luring his Nephew, Amina Haruna, 13, and raped her resulting to a pregnancy.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Katsina State Command,
SP Gambo Isah, who confirmed all the arrest made, explained that all the suspects have been profiled and investigations are ongoing.
He added that already those cases that some of the arrests that have been fully investigated, the suspects are currently facing trails at various courts in the state.
SP Gambo used the opportunity to call on parents and members of the public to watch out for would-be suspects living within the community and report such criminally minded individuals to the police for prompt arrest and prosecution.