In what will come across as a really startling development, a nine-year-old girl has been defiled allegedly by a garden egg vendor, Auwalu Abubakar, in Kumbotso LGA of Kano State.
The crime, which happened on November 9, left the victim bedridden for a week before being discharged from the police clinic in Bompai, Kano, where she spent three days on admission.
Speaking on the crime, the victim’s sister, Aisha Auwal, said, “She was first brought back home crying after school hours; that she fell into a drain and sustained injuries.
“I received her and she said she was fine, but later we saw that she was walking abnormally and breathing heavily. We asked her and she refused to say anything.
“It was when we insisted and checked her properly that we discovered her trousers and pants were stained with blood from her private part.”
She added that the girl was then pressed to reveal who did it to her before she was rushed to the Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital where she was confirmed to have been raped.
She further said, “After she revealed that it was Auwalu, the garden egg seller, he was arrested by the police.”
Calls to the spokesman of the police in Kano State, Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, were not answered.
Sources said the girl is an orphan and therefore called on the authorities to ensure that the culprit was punished.
“It’s only when the state government take charge of the case that justice will be done,” the source said.