A 32-year-old man, identified simply as Mustapha, has been arrested by the Plateau State Police Command for allegedly raping his three-year-old daughter, Iqma.
It was learnt that the incident happened on January 12 in the Katako area of the state while the victim’s mother was cooking in a makeshift kitchen within their compound.
The woman had gone into the room to pick some ingredients for the dish she was preparing when she caught her husband in the act.
An angry mob was said to have descended on the suspect after his wife alerted neighbours to the incident, but policemen from Laranto division intervened and rescued him from the mob.
Mildred Bako, the director of a non-governmental organisation, Voice for the Girl Foundation, who took custody of the girl Iqma, said she was taken to a hospital, where a medical test conducted on her revealed that her hymen was ruptured. She said the man could not give any genuine reason when he was asked what prompted him to commit the act.
She said, “It was a friend that notified me about the incident. I went there and took the girl. The man was unable to give any genuine explanation. He just said it was the work of the devil. We took the girl to a private hospital and the doctor’s report confirmed that her hymen is broken. For now, the mother is not happy about the whole thing and she has said she is no more interested in the marriage for now. We want justice in the case. We do not want the matter to be swept under the carpet.”