A 75-year-old man, Musa Gambo, has been arrested in Jigawa State for allegedly raping his six-year-old great-grandniece.
Gambo was apprehended by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in the state.
The incident was confirmed in a statement issued by the spokesman of the Jigawa State NSCDC Command, Chief Superintendent of Corps (CSC), Adamu Shehu.
According to Shehu, the security unit picked up the suspect after a formal report was made by a social worker who got an emergency call from a family friend of the victim who claimed she caught the suspect red-handed when she paid a visit to the girl’s grandmother.
He also disclosed that Gambo was arrested on Wednesday at Gandun Sarki Quarters, Malam Madori LGA, by NSCDC personnel at 1 pm on a charge of suspected rape of a six-year-old girl who is his great-grandniece.
The eyewitness, Malama Maimuna, said the old man was caught with the girl on his lap while he sexually abused her in his room.
“I immediately informed the girl’s grandmother who rushed to the room and also saw the same,” she stated.
CSC Adamu said the victim also confirmed that she had been abused severally by the suspect who usually gave her sweets and also threatened her not to tell anyone.
A medical report obtained from the Sexual Assault and Referral Center (SARC) in Dutse General Hospital showed evidence of sexual abuse as her hymen was broken. The suspect has also confessed to the crime and attributed it to the work of the devil. According to Adamu, he will be charged to court at the conclusion of the investigation.