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Suspected rapist of mentally-challenged minor arrested in Bauchi

The Bauchi State Police Command, on Wednesday, said it had arrested a 23-year-old man for allegedly raping a mentally-challenged 10-year-old boy (name withheld).

The command’s spokesperson, Ahmed Wakil, disclosed this in a press release, adding that the suspect, Sanusi Umar, was arrested by operatives attached to Operation Restore Peace in the state.

Wakil said Umar lured the victim “with a N30 sweet and asked him (the victim) to accompany him to an isolated area behind the AIB filling station along Kofar Ran to defecate.

“After the defecation, the suspect asked the victim to undress his trousers and grabbed the victim from behind, leading to him having carnal knowledge.”

According to the PPRO, the victim rushed to the manager of the filling station and informed him that the suspect had taken advantage of him.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect hails from Jingino village, in the Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa State, and came to Bauchi State about two years ago, hawking garden eggs at AIB filling station along Kofar Ran, Bauchi.

“It has also been revealed that the suspect leveraged the unsound mental condition of the victim to perpetrate such a crime on him,” Wakil added.

The police spokesperson noted that the victim was rushed to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, “alongside the suspect, where several tests were conducted to determine his health status.”

“Investigations are still in progress, after which the suspect will be charged in court,” Wakil added.

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