RAPE – Two workers in the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports, Salisu Sabiu and Ibrahim Yola, have been arrested by operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl in the Dutse area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Our correspondent learnt that 55-year-old Sabiu and Yola, 51, lived on the same street with the victim in the Dutse area and they were nabbed by operatives of the anti-trafficking agency after a tip-off by a resident.
According to NAPTIP on Thursday, the two federal government workers have confessed to the crime and would be prosecuted under the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015.
The NAPTIP Head of Press and Public Relations, Mrs Stella Nezan, in a release, said, “NAPTIP operatives arrested both workers of the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports, Abuja, for raping a 13-year-old girl.
“The suspects, who live in the same neighbourhood with the victim, were arrested following a tip-off by a well-meaning Nigerian who learnt of the dastardly act being committed by the men against the underage girl.
“Following their confession and admission of the offence, the suspects will be charged to court and prosecuted.”
The NAPTIP Director-General, Julie Okah-Donli, said the agency would ensure that justice was served in the matter through diligent prosecution.
“I use this opportunity to draw the attention of everyone to the whistle-blowing policy of our agency. I encourage the public to embrace this policy in reporting suspected cases of human trafficking and exploitation. We assure the whistle-blowers of their complete anonymity and protection by the agency,” she added.
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