The suspect was arrested and confessed upon interrogation by the police command of the state.
Adamu Ra’uf, a 20-year-old man who is one of the suspects alleged to have been involved in the cutting of the private parts of a six-year-old girl in Bauchi State for suspected ritual purposes, has confessed.
He said he was charmed by a friend of his who is now on the ground to take part in the grim act.
On December 30, 2020, the incident was said to have occurred at about 7.20 pm.
On questioning, the defendant, Adamu Ra’uf (20), an indigenous man from the Gandu Jama’are Local Government Area, who was arrested by the State Police Command, admitted that he conspired to commit the crime with one of Abdulkadir Haladu of Chikamidari in the area.
Narrating his role in yesterday’s incident to newsmen at the headquarters of the Bauchi State Police Command, Rauf said: “My friend Haladu and I took the victim to an unfinished building where, on the instructions of a native doctor, her private parts were mutilated who said he would use it to make money for us.”
My friend used his charm to attract the girl to the unfinished building. Then he brought a knife out and asked me to hold the skirt for her.
I was not aware of the fact that he had cut her private portion off. What I know is that he came to the house where we were hiding later and showed me what section he had cut off.
“I told him to tell me what had happened, but he warned him that if I told anyone about it, he would kill me.”
The suspect said, describing how he was arrested, “Someone came to tell me he heard the police wanted to see me at the station.” I stood by the side of the lane, so I climbed an okada (commercial motorcycle) to comply with their invitation.
Asked if, after carrying out the act, he was rewarded by Haladu, he said he (Haladu) did not promise him anything.
He did the only thing to charm me. I saw myself obeying all his orders as a result. And with that charm, he dragged me to so many places. I deeply regret my actions,’ he said.
The victim’s father’s sister, Maryam Mohammed, who spoke to newsmen in Jama’re, said the victim had been placed in her custody because her brother and the mother of the girl were separated.
When the incident happened, Maryam said she was not at home, adding that the victim went to the house of another brother of hers to play.
She said that it was on her way that the victim encountered the perpetrators who sent her on an errand, adding that they tricked her into the uncompleted building as she was returning.
“We didn’t know what happened from there. We just saw her coming back and weeping with bloodstains. We don’t know how she managed to get home again.
Maryam remembered that one of her neighbours, a woman, was the one who alerted them.
She said: “We were called by a neighbour to come and see our daughter; that something had hurt her.”
“Some people have said they raped her. But when she was admitted to the hospital, she was referred to the medical centre in Azare.
“While we were crying, someone who went to the hospital told us that it wasn’t a rape; that it was a mutilated part of her entire private life.”
Maryam, who noted that such a thing had never happened in the entire Jama’are area, added that this year before the ugly incident occurred, they were preparing to enrol the victim in school.
“In this culture, we have never witnessed or heard of this kind of heinous act. She has a sister who is in my custody as well. She’s her mother’s first child,’ said Maryam.
In order to act as a deterrent to others, she called on the authorities to ensure that justice was served in the matter.
She also expressed appreciation to the government for intervening rapidly in the matter.
It would be recalled that, in a statement made available to journalists in Bauchi, the spokesman of the Bauchi State Police Command, Ahmed Wakil, said that the police received the complaint immediately from the victim’s aunt, swung into action and detained one of the suspects while his accomplice was still at large.
He remembered that a medical doctor reported that her private part was removed when the police rushed the woman to the hospital.
He said the state police commissioner, Lawan Jimeta, ordered that the case be transferred for discreet investigation to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID).