A 52-year-old man identified as Enoch Kwaleji has been arrested by the Adamawa State Police Command for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl in Sangere Jabbi Lamba, Girei Local Government Area of the state.
This development was disclosed by the Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, SP Suleiman Nguroje, in a statement on Tuesday in Yola.
According to the spokesperson, investigation revealed that the suspect is the Vice Principal of Government Girls’ Secondary School (senior class) in Abba Murke in the Song Local Government Area.
“The suspect, a resident of Salama House in Sangere Jabbi Lamba, Girei, on November 15 at about 1900hrs, lured the victim to an uncompleted building and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her.
“The incident was reported to the Divisional Police Headquarters, Jabbi Lamba by the victim’s mother,” he said.
Nguroje said the Commissioner of Police, Sikiru Akande, had directed the officer in charge of family unit to take over the investigation and ensure diligent prosecution.
Akande equally advised members of the public, particularly parents to be watchful of their children, especially the girl-child against criminally minded elements.
He assured the state government and the general public of the command’s unrelenting efforts to end all forms of gender-based violence.
Akande also promised immediate prosecution of any perpetrator found wanting.