Shop owner arrested for allegedly defiling minor in Nasarawa

Samuel Mathew, a 24-year-old business owner, has been detained on charges of defiling Sadiya Hassan, a 12-year-old juvenile.

Abdullahi Maina, the General Manager of the Nasarawa State Agency for Youths Empowerment Scheme (NAYES), announced this on Tuesday, July 13 at the Command headquarters in Lafia.

Mathew was brought to the Command by several neighbors of Doma Road, where he allegedly raped a minor selling Madidi, a millet-based native dish, according to Maina.

He apparently refuted the claim when questioned. Maina said that when he noticed the (minor) was bleeding profusely in the office, he rushed her to the nearest primary health care center, where she was treated.

He said; 

‘They had to stitch her and later they demanded that the suspect should be brought for examination to know if he is HIV free or not. The test was conducted and he was HIV free. I have called the state coordinator of Human Rights and the Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development to know the next line of action.’

Maina assured members of the public that the victim would get justice, saying the Command would collaborate with the main security outfit in charge of such cases and would also ensure that the matter is not swept under the carpet. 

Uncle of the alleged rape victim, Abbas Ibrahim also alleged that Samuel who raped his niece, inflicted injury on her private part, causing her to lose so much blood.

Ibrahim claimed the suspect called his niece and told her he wanted to buy Madidi, a local meal made with millet, adding that the suspect forced her into his shop where he had canal knowledge of her.

The suspect however repeatedly denied the allegation, saying he is being framed.

‘I was in my shop and then I saw the girl selling Madidi. I called her to come and give me Madidi, so I asked her if she had N1,000 change but she said no.

‘I observed that her eyes were red and I didn’t know what happened so I asked her to go. As she was leaving my shop, she started crying. People were sitting outside and when they asked her what the problem was, she said that I closed her mouth and raped her and then people came in and concluded that I raped her but I am innocent of the crime.’

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