JTF officer accused of raping 4-year-old girl in Plateau

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BY TAYE OBATERU  & MARIE THERESE NANLONG

JOS— A member of the Special Task Force, STF, in Plateau State ( names withheld), has allegedly raped a four-year-old girl in Kassa village, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state.

Villagers said the suspect was in the habit of raping minors as this was the third time he had committed the act by luring victims into his makeshift tent.

The Chairman of the Local Government, Emmanuel Loman, confirmed the incident, saying “a policeman attached to the STF in Barkin Ladi raped a girl at Kassa village yesterday.

“The girl has been bleeding profusely and is currently hospitalised at the Barkin Ladi General Hospital.”

He added, “it is sad that some security personnel posted to restore law and order have abandoned their duties for something else. What has restoring order got to do with defiling a minor?”

He called on the Commander of STF, Major General David Enetie, to ensure that the culprit faces the wrath of the law as the local government would also follow the case to its logical conclusion.

The Medical Officer of Barkin Ladi General Hospital, Bapigang Audu, said: “A minor of about four years was, yesterday, rushed to the hospital and from results conducted so far there was forceful penetration as her hymen was broken.”

Audu further lamented the high rate of rape cases in the locality, stressing that over 10 cases of rape had been brought to the hospital in the past six months.

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