By Bukar Bolori
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC) has arrested a 38-year old man for allegedly defiling his 14 years niece.
Parading the suspected paedophile, Mr Tyoughche Emmanuel in Abuja, the Commandant in charge of Anti-human Trafficking, Irregular Migration and other Related Offences Unit, NSCDC National Headquarters, Elor Janet, said the Corps would stop at nothing to end the reoccurring cases of human trafficking, sexual harassment and female gender abuses in the country, and put a stop to the menace by protecting the girl child.
She revealed that the arrest of the alleged paedophile was made was by the Special Female Squad of the NSCDC after a tip off by an NGO, Emerging Genderplus in Abuja.
According to her, the suspected paedophile, aged 38 years was arrested by the NSCDC Female Squad in Anagada at about 5:30 am Friday and handed over to human traffic unit, for his consistent sexual assault on his 14 years old niece (name withheld) who was under his custody.
Narrating the ordeal in the hands of her uncle, the 14 year old said: “My uncle Mr Tyoughche Emmanuel, gave me a black substance in a small bottle to drink after which I slept off and the next thing I noticed was my Uncle putting his fingers inside where I use for urinating.”
She added that: “He did so four times on different occasions and also sucked my breasts during these occasions too and my breasts are paining me.
“Whenever his wife (of the accused) goes out, he will come around me and I always refuse, but he threatened me that he will beat me until I vomit blood, so I was afraid of telling anybody”.
A statement by the spokesman of the NSCDC, Olusola Odumosu, noted that the accused has confessed to the crime and pleaded for leniency, stating it was the work of the devil.
The accused was quoted to have said: “I didn’t know what came over me, please, I know what I have done is very bad, please help me beg my brother to forgive me because this is a shameful act in the family.”
Meanwhile, the wife of the accused, Mrs Janet Ifan Tyoughche also accused her husband of not performing his responsibility of providing for the family and has continuously battered her.
Elor said the arrest was effected based on the Commandant General’s charge for the unit to redouble its efforts in ensuring that crimes relating to these ugly and dastardly acts are eradicated in the society.
She promised that there will be no hiding place for any criminal who perpetrate such act as rape, child molestation, human trafficking or any act violating dignity and integrity of women or girl child.
According to her, “the Commandant General has compelled us not to rest on your oars but to go all out to nip in the bud these ugly menace.
“That is why we swung into action with the Special Female Squad to arrest the suspect and bring the shameless rapist to book.
“It will no longer going to be business as usual for these criminal elements, this ugly act must stop, the girl child must be protected.”
She commended the Female Squad for their professional conduct and promptness in effecting the suspect’s arrest.
After conducting preliminary investigation, the suspect and the victims has since been handed over to NAPTIP for further medical examination, investigation and possible prosecution.
The NSCDC CG, Dr. Ahmed Audi had subsequently advised the general public to report such cases to the Corps or any security agency close to them for prompt response.
He said: “if you see something always say something and rest assured that the Corps will come to your rescue because your safety is paramount to us.”