Rape: Katsina Assembly investigates petition against 2 ‘Customs officers’

The Katsina State has commenced investigation into a petition against two Customs service personnel, who were alleged have sexually assaulted and impregnated a 15-year-old girl.The Chairman, House Committee on Public Petition, Alhaji Abduljalal Haruna-Runka, disclosed the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Katsina.He said the petition was brought by an , Queen Dijah Women and Children Awareness Initiative.He said the petition was read at plenary, after which, the Speaker,

Alhaji Tasiu Musa-Maigari mandated the committee on public petitions the matter.Haruna-Runka revealed the committee would invite the suspects and the victim during investigation.According him, the committee would submit its findings after the house resumes sitting in April.The petition was signed by the organisation’s President, Khadija Saulawa.In the petition addressed the Speaker, the called for discreet investigation over “aggravated sexual assault, rape and impregnation of a teenage girl”.It said the the crime was allegedly perpetrated in Rijiyar Hamza village, Katsina Local Government Areaby the two suspects, (names withheld), who “were claimed to be officers of the Nigeria Customs Service”.

Saulawa stated in the petition the two men allegedly came with a Hilux vehicle with tinted glasses, lured and have sex with the victim inside the vehicle.According to the petition, the victim revealed the duo sometimes gave her N200 after sex six months the relationship lasted.“It is our observation the suspects took undue advantage of the poverty and humble background of the said teenage girl’s family.“

It is with heavy heart and great consternation that we inform you that the victim has delivered a baby boy three months ago.“We became aware that a purported amicable settlement was made between the suspects and the parents/relatives of the victim, whereby at the end of every month, each of the suspects contributes N15,000 for feeding of the pregnant teenage girl.“However,

after the transfer of the suspects from Katsina, they started abdicating from their responsibility, which we found incongruous, because the gravity of the offence is not the one that can be settled, hence petition.“We urge you to the issue so that the culprits be brought to book.” (NAN)