By Suzan Edeh
Bauchi—A 35-year-old man from the Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State, Isa Umar has appealed to both the state government and the police to assist him by bringing to justice, a person who allegedly raped his wife.
Umar and the officer in charge of the Legal Aid Council, Zubayr Hanbali made the plea, yesterday, at the secretariat of the Nigerian Union of Journalists in Bauchi.
In his account of the incident, Umar alleged that he asked a commercial motorcyclist, (okada) whose name was simply given as Auwalu to take his wife and two children to a nearby village, but he diverted into the bush at Ball village in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area and raped the woman in front of her two children aged between three and six years, after stabbing her with a knife.
“My wife lost her pregnancy as a result of the incident and suffered psychological trauma due to shock and the shame. I feel very sad over what happened to her and I intend to see that the person who committed this abominable act does not go unpunished. I felt ashamed of myself because he has spoilt my name and reputation,” Umar lamented.
He said that he took his wife to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital and treated her for over two weeks, adding that the culprit tried to bribe him with N40,000 so as to bury the matter, but he declined and reported the matter to the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in charge of Bununu.
According to him, the DPO said since Auwalu did not admit commiting the crime, it will be difficult for them to prosecute him, hence he approached the Legal Aid Council for assistance.
Narrating her ordeal to newsmen, the victim, (names withheld) who said she was a mother of four children alleged that the suspect diverted her to the bush instead of taking her to the village she was going to with two of her children and threatened to kill her if she refused to cooperate with him.
“He stabbed me with a knife and beat me. He wrestled with me and overpowered me before he raped me in the presence of my two kids and told me I cannot do anything to him because he would get away with the act,” Mrs Umar added.
The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Hassan Mohammed Auyo said he was not aware of the incident but promised to investigate the allegation.