PLATEAU- A police officer attached to the Nigeria’s Special Task Force (STF), has been sacked for raping a four-year old girl in Plateau state.
The shamed corporal known locally as Damudu Bzibu, was arrested on the 26th of March after the victim identified him from a group of suspects.
State Commissioner for Plateau state Chris Olakpe told reporters that Bzibu had been tried and found guilty of the alleged crime, adding that he will be arraigned in a court for the crime which is punishable under section 283 of Nigeria’s penal code.
The victim told her parents that Bzibu committed the crime at his apartment in the Barkinladi area of Jos, Plateau state.
The victim’s father spoke to Journalists a day after the crime was committed. In a statement released on the Nigeria Police watch website, he said, “At about 8 p.m., we uncovered blood stains on the clothes of our daughter, and upon interrogations, she revealed that a police officer raped her.
“This morning, we reported that matter to the sector commander. He assembled all the members of the sector within the area and our daughter identified the culprit, and it was somebody well known to us as a family, my wife sometimes cooks and offers him.”
The victim was treated at the Barkinladi General Hospital.
Upon investigation by medics, it was revealed that the little girl had suffered injuries and was susceptible to sexually transmitted diseases as a result of the assault.
Bapigaan Audu, who examined her told journalists, “On arrival, she was bleeding; but we have done everything possible to restore her health,” he said.
According to Mr. Audu, such cases are on the increase in the locality.
“Between August (2013) and March this year, we have treated 10 cases. The most unfortunate thing is that all of these cases are minors”.
Barkinladi local Chairman, Emmanuel Loman added, “This is not the first time this kind of thing is happening among STF posted to our local government, I witnessed a case of this sort last year, but it seems to have been swept under the carpet,” he said.
He also stated that despite the unit’s presence in the area, the council was still plagued by security challenges.
Mr Bzigu had previously been accused of rape three times since his deployment to the state.