KANO — TWO weeks after the uproar over the reported gang-raping of a student of Abia State University by five hoodlums, the police in Kano State, yesterday, paraded two of the four men who allegedly gang-raped a youth corps member.
One of the suspects has confessed to having allegedly taken part in
‘’gang-raping’’ the youth corps member with two others now at large.
The suspects who identified themselves as Abba Garba, 18, Abubakar
Suleiman, 17, Nazeephy Malam, and Ali Wara said yesterday they raped the
youth corps member serving at Durumi Secondary School, Kurna in Kano
Garba, who reportedly led three others to rape the lady, told
Vanguard at the Kano State Police Headquarters, that the incident
occurred penultimate week in a classroom in the college at noon when the
victim who was unaware of the strike by civil servants in the state
reported for duties.
Garba said they were in the building because of the torrential rain
on the fateful day when the lady in her 20s who spoke her native
language which they did not understand, suddenly approached them to
enquire why there were no activities in the school.
The suspect, who claimed to be a battery charger in the area, further
told Vanguard that: ‘’I relocated to the premises of the college with my
friends when it started raining on that fateful day. While we were
having fun, a lady suddenly approached us and was speaking a language
none of us understood.
‘’I was moved by her beauty, and immediately drew out a sharp knife
and in concert with others commandeered her into one of the classrooms,
where we forced her to undress and gang-raped her in turns before
policemen on patrol apprehended two of us while two escaped.’’
The second suspect, Abubakar, said: ‘’I never violated the lady in
question, but was roped in by my friend, Abba Garba, who lured me to the
school premises, where the ugly incident happened.’’
The state Police Commissioner, Ibrahim Idris, declined to disclose
the identity of the victim ‘’to avoid stigmatisation,’’ pointing out
that two other suspects were also apprehended by the police in
connection with raping minors in the city.
Meanwhile, the Abia State Police Command has also confirmed that it
arrested two members of the gang that raped the university student in
the state, few days after the state government described the incident as