The Adamawa State Police Command said it is in custody of a lady, Zainab Jafaru, 30-year-old, that set up her friend for an eight-man gang-rape in Yola, the state capital.
The arrested men out of the affected eight men include:
- Ahmadu Ismail (20 years old);
- Salu Buba (25 years);
- Muhammed Ali (78 years);
- Abubakar Ali (28 years), and,
- Zainab Jafaru (Female) 30 years.
The Adamawa State Police spokesman, DSP Suleiman Nguroje, confirmed the gang-rape incident on Thursday.
DSP Nguroje narrated how 8 men raped the 33-year-old victim who was deceived into their den by her own friend.
He said the victim was raped by the men one after the other after her friend, Zainab, lured her to the men and disappeared.
Zainab, Nguroje said, is now being held as the sole female member of a 9-man rape gang.
Adamawa police said that five members of the gang-rape have been arrested, including the female, while four were at large.
Nguroje said, “On 13/6/2020, following a report received from a 33-year-old lady being raped by a syndicate of 9 at Gerio, a remote area of Jambutu, Yola North LGA, Police operatives attached to the command’s monitoring team, arrested five people: Ahmadu Ismail (20 years old); Salu Buba (25 years); Muhammed Ali (78 years); Abubakar Ali (28 years) and Zainab Jafaru (Female) 30 years.
“The incident happened on 12/6/2020 when the 5th Suspect Zainab Jafaru, deceived the complainant to accompany her to a certain place to meet her boyfriend.
“Upon arrival, Zainab’s boyfriend (now on the run), invited his gang, who forcefully had sexual intercourse with the complainant one after another.”
Following series of case of rape in the state, the Adamawa Government had, on March 28, 2018, opened a Sexual Assault Referral Centre tagged ”Adamawa Hope Centre”.
Crimes against women went on an upsurge in the state, as well as other north eastern states, the Chief Medical Director of Yola Specialist hospital, Dr. Bala Saidu had revealed.
The major crimes against women in recent times include rape, kidnap, torture, molestation, harassment, trafficking, among others.
“At Yola, specialist hospital only, we do record at least two cases of rape in a week and crimes against women are on the increase in this part of the country,’’ Dr. Saidu had said.
Recently, the Inspector General of Police had assured that Police is repositioning the Gender-Desk offices in all Police Commands to enable them effectively investigate cases of gender-based violence, and ensure that perpetrators do not go unpunished.