…As Family appeal for justice over alleged abduction of 16-year-old girl in Sokoto***
The Police in Jigawa have arrested an 18-year-old lady (name withheld) for allegedly killing her one-day-old baby boy after they exhumed the corpse in Ringim Local Government Area of the state.
The Police Public Relation Officer in the state, SP Abdu Jinjiri, confirmed the incident in Dutse on Monday.
Jinjiri said the suspect, a resident of Dandabi village was arrested after she allegedly connived with her step mother now at large, and buried the corpse of the baby which she delivered as a result of an unwanted pregnancy.
“An information from reliable source had it that one young lady aged 18 of Dandabi village in Ringim LGA has given birth to a baby boy, however, the baby was no where to be seen.
“As a result, the police arrested the suspect for interrogation. And investigation revealed that the suspect after eight months’ pregnancy, was on January 31, taken to one house in Sankara village by her step mother where she was given injections by a medical personnel also at large.
“A day after, that was on Feb. 1, she gave birth to a baby boy which was killed instantly and buried in a bush.
“Police later discovered where the corpse of the baby was buried, exhumed and took it to hospital for doctor’s analysis,” Jinjiri said.
He explained that in the course of interrogation, the suspect confessed to have killed the baby by strangulation.
The spokesman added that the suspect also confessed to burying the baby with the assistance of her step mother.
According to him, a 20-year-old man of same village who was responsible for the pregnancy, has also been arrested by the police.
Jinjiri added that the police have launched a manhunt to arrest the two fleeing suspects, while investigation into the case was ongoing.
In the meantime, Alhaji Bello Danjumu’a, the father of an underage girl, Hauwa’u, who was allegedly abducted for 34 days and sexually abused, has appealed to the authorities to ensure justice on the issue.
Danjumu’a, resident of Unguwar Lalle in Wamakko Local Government Area of Sokoto state made the plea on Monday stressing that his 16-year-old daughter was allegedly abducted by one Shahid.
He said Hauwa’u boarded a commercial tricycle on her way to visit a relative at the Police Mobile Barrack, Kalambaina in Sokoto metropolis when she was abducted.
Danjumu’a explained that based on the information gathered from Hauwa’u, the Tricycle Rider, one Bello handed her over to the suspect.
According to him, Shahid kept her in Mabera area in Sokoto for 34 days without the knowledge of her parents and within that period, allegedly sexually abused her.
He said his daughter was lured by Shahid on the pretense that he was going to marry her.
Danjumu’a said the matter was initially reported to Wamakko police station and later referred to Unguwar Rogo police station that had the jurisdiction covering Mabera area.
A source at the Unguwar Rogo police station, confirmed on conditions of anonymity that the suspect was in custody and investigation of the matter was in progress.
In a separate interview, the District Head of Gagi, Alhaji Sani Umar-Jabbi, also confirmed receiving the complain from the victim’s family and assured to follow up with the relevant authorities.
Umar-Jabbi said the girl’s parents were disturbed by the incident and had engaged in prayers seeking for divine intervention before the survivors reunited with them.
He cautioned parents against sending their children on unnecessary errands, adding that they should always ensure their wards whereabouts and associates.