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Abuja Meat seller arrested for allegedly raping an 8-year-old girl

A 21-year-old meat seller has been arrested for allegedly raping an 8-year-old girl within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Yakubu Diko has been remanded in prison after he was accused of tricking the lass into his home before raping her about three weeks ago.

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Abiodun Essiet, a Special Adviser to the Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), said Diko approached the playground where the girl was together with her peers and chased everyone except the small girl, The ICIR reports.

He beckoned to the girl, pretending he wanted to send her on an errand.

When she followed him into the house, Diko allegedly squeezed a towel within the girl’s mouth, held her down and sexually abused her. He then warned her to not tell anyone what had happened.

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However, on the third day after the incident, the victim started bleeding while trying to urinate and therefore the pain made her cry. it had been then that her parents became aware that she had been raped.

The parents reported the case to the community chief, who then spoke to Essiet and sought her guidance in handling the rape case.

Essiet advised the chief to report the case to the Karimo Sabo station after the girl was examined during a clinic and confirmed to possess been sexually abused.

In the report sighted by The ICIR , the young girl’s clinical report read that her labium was swollen together with her hymen broken, indicating forced penetration.

Dikko was arrested and locked him up during a cell.

However, after spending fortnight within the cell, the oldsters of the suspect pleaded with the girl’s parents to possess him released, saying they were able to settle out of court.

The girl’s family agreed and requested that the person be released.

On going to the police headquarters , they were referred back to Essiet, who acting as a representative of the welfare unit of AMAC, warned that anyone who tried to frustrate the case would be arrested for obstructing justice.

The suspect, therefore, has been relocated to the Force’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for further prosecution, Essiet said.

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