Plateau State Police Command nab three suspects on rape charges

By Christiana Gokyo, Jos

Plateau State Police Command has arrested one Suleiman Usman, 18; Umar Aliyu, 18; and Usman Bala, 20 years old, all of Anwan Rogo, Jos, for conspiring with one Yahaya, alias “Kenza,” to lure a 14-year-old girl, Basima Bashir, into his (alias Kenza’s) room where they raped her.

Commissioner of Police, CP, Plateau State, Undie Adie, disclosed this, while briefing newsmen in his office in Jos on Wednesday, when he said on the 26 of January, 2018, one Zainab Mohammed of Angwan Rogo, Jos, reported at Angwan Rogo Police Division that, on the 20 of January, 2018, about 13:00hrs those accused persons raped her daughter.

The Commissioner explained that, the accused persons had lured Basima Bashir in the room, drugged her and, while she became unconscious and out of her senses, they raped her.

He said the suspects have equally confessed to the allegation, adding that, the case will be transferred to the State CIID for further investigation, and the accused shall be charged to court as soon as possible.

In another but related development, according to the CP, there were other cases of criminal conspiracy, theft and culpable homicide, which he stated that, on the 26th January, 2018, one Alh. Ibrahim Usman of Sabo Layi Jos, reported at Laranto Police Division that, on the 24th January, 2018, at about 16:45hrs, he was called on phone by one Bala Mohammad to meet him at Zaria Road Cemetery, which he did.

Mr. Adie further explained that the said Bala Mohammed handed over to him fifteen (15) cows and fourteen (14) sheep for safe keeping on the pretext that he was going to look for his child.

According to him, he waited for Bala to come back for his cows, but to no avail; and that on the 26 January, 2018, he reported the incident at Laranto Police Station, where preliminary investigation at the Division later revealed that the cows and sheep belong to one Ibrahim Haruna of Agigi in Bassa Local Government Council of Plateau State.

The CP said investigation reveals that the cows were stolen with the connivance of some herdsmen, adding that, the suspects conspired and killed one Mohammed Ibrahim of seven years’ old, who was put in-charge of the fifteen cows and fourteen sheep.

He narrated further that the said suspect, Bala Yahaya Mohammed, has confessed of the crime with three others; meanwhile, the case has been transferred to the State CIID in Jos to ensure that all the culprits connected to the crime are arrested.

He further observed that some people have made it stock-in-trade to spread falsehood information on Social Media into rumours of eminent attacks to create panic in some parts of the State, and advised people to desist from such practice.

While calling on residents of the State not to fall prey to the falsehood and outright deceit being spread on social Media, he urged members of the public to contact the Police or any security agencies in the State for clarification(s).

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