18.03.2021 Justice Customs Transfers Two Officers Who ‘Raped and Impregnated’ 15-Year-Old Girl out of Katsina

Published 18th Mar, 2021

By Ibrahim Adeyemi

Two officers of the Nigeria Custom Service NCS) wih name tags ‘Ibrahim I.’ and ‘Idris M.’ have been redeployed to Port Harcourt after allegedly raping and later impregnating 15-year-old Aisha Dahiru in Katsina State.

Ibrahim, with service number 46087, and Idris, whose service number is 47102, had met the teenager in her village at Rijiyar Hamza, Katsina, during their routine patrol in the area.

FIJ gathered that the two officers had wooed poor girl with money to have carnal knowledge with her which, later led to an unwanted pregnancy.

According a to a Katsina-based newspaper, the unlawful sexual relationship had begun with officer Ibrahim who “usually gave her a paltry sum of N200 after having sex with her”.

When Aisha discovered that she was pregnant for Ibrahim, she reached out to inform him about the situation.

Ibrahim, one of the custom officers who raped Aisha

“I contacted him through his line and he told me he was in Lagos then,” AIsha said.

“When I told him, he asked me to abort the pregnancy but I said no because I didn’t want to commit murder. When he heard my decision, he changed his mind and said the pregnancy did not belong to him.”

When Aisha could no longer reach Ibrahim on the phone, she decided to visit his friend Idris, to inform him about the situation. But rather than being a prop in her distress, Idris would only worsen the matter.

“I met Idris because Ibrahim was not answering my calls. He took me to his room in their barracks and promised to take care of me until his friend returned from Lagos. He also slept with me,” she said.

However, the two officers have now been redeployed, following the escalation of the matter by concerned citizens of the state. Before then, the duo had given Aisha the sum of N100,000 and a sheep when she gave birth to a boy who was named Abdulamid.

When contacted, Danbaba Isa, Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Custom Service, Katsina, told FIJ that the officers had been transferred to Port Harcourt in Rivers State, while the matter was being investigated in Katsina.

“They’ve been redeployed to PortHacourt but we’re investigating the matter here,” he sai.

Meanwhile, Khadija  Saulawa, Director of Qeen Deejah Women and Children Initiative, who took up the case, said her organisation had written to the Katsina State Assembly to demand justice for the victim.

“We were reliably informed that the said officers and men of the Nigeria Custom Service made use of the Hilux van operation vehicle then in their possession to lure the teenage girl and took advantage of her poor condition,” Saulawa said.

She however vowed that her organisation would not stop to demand for justice until the officers involved are punished.

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Published 18th Mar, 2021

By Ibrahim Adeyemi


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