Police arrest traditional title holder for sodomy

DSP Mohammed Jalige

By Mustapha Yauri

Operatives of the Kaduna Police Command have arrested a traditional title holder in Zaria for allegedly sodomising a 14-year-old boy.

DSP Muhammadu Jalige, the state police spokesman, confirmed on Wednesday that the suspect would be prosecuted at the conclusion of the investigation.

The elder brother of the victim, Malam Hamza Zubairu, said the incident happened on Dec. 9 in the Kwarbai Area of Zaria.

Zubairu said the suspect, a neighbour of the victim’s parents, used to enjoy a lot of respect in the neighbourhood.

He added that on the day of the incident, the suspect sent the victim into his room to bring some money but followed the teenager into the room and bolted the door.

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The title holder subsequently drew a dagger and threatened to kill the boy if he raised an alarm about what he was about to do to him.

He said the boy became traumatised and could not tell anyone what happened initially until he summoned enough courage and told his aunt.

“It was the aunt that reported the case to the police at the Zaria City Divisional Police Headquarters,’’ Zubairu said.

In her remarks, Hajiya Aishatu Ahmed, Coordinator, Salama Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Gambo Sawaba General Hospital, Zaria, told NAN that the centre received a request for medical attention for the victim.

She said the centre had sent its findings and diagnosis to the Zaria City Divisional Police Headquarters.


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