Lafia - Officers of the Nasarawa State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Wednesday paraded five suspects for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl.
The state Commandant of NSCDC, Mr Andekin Musa, said the suspects, including a father of three, were labourers working at a construction site in Doma Local Government market.
Musa disclosed that the girl they raped hawks sachet water, otherwise called "Pure Water", in the same area.
He said four of the suspects had on January 30 lured the girl into an uncompleted building beside the Doma market and took turns to rape her.
"The suspects raped her in an uncompleted building near the market. They lured her into the building saying they would buy her water but instead raped her," Andekin said.
The commandant explained that the four suspects, after their arrest, implicated the fifth suspect who also confessed to raping the girl.
Musa said that officers arrested two of the suspects near Tudun Laraba community in Doma on February 1.
He said that the other three suspects were later arrested on the same day from the Doma market.
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"The rape took place on January 30, while their arrest was on February 1. They are all around and they have all confessed to committing the offence.’’ he said.
Musa said the suspects, Wada Mohammed (37), Tanko Adamu (36), Abubakar Ogachi (40), Yusuf Ogar (35) and Samaila Ali (35) would be prosecuted after investigation had been concluded.
"From our investigation, the suspects have been in the habit of raping underage girls and we have been receiving reports of similar cases in that area," he said.
One of the suspects, Samaila, disclosed that the devil pushed him to commit the crime as it was not in his habit to rape women.
"I have a wife and three children and I have never done this kind of thing before. It is the devil that pushed me to do it," he said.
The father of the girl, Malam Umar Mohammed, thanked the NSCDC for promptly arresting the suspects and expressed optimism that justice would be done.