Bizarre: How Sokoto Police arrested and remanded parents of child rape victims on the instigation of a serial rape suspect
The Chairman,Police Service Commission,Federal Secretariat Complex,Shehu Shagari Way, FCT Abuja.RE: ISAH FALKE Vs. SANI YAKUBU CASE NO. SK/DC.89/2018PETITION AGAINST THE OFFICER IN CHARGE OF FAMILY UNIT OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION AND INTELLIGENCE DEPARTMENT (CIID) OF SOKOTO STATE POLICE COMMAND DSP MABEL OMOMIA AND SOME OF HER SUPPORTING STAFF FOR ALLEGED OFFENCES OF CONSPIRACY, EXTORTION, CRIMINAL INTIMIDATION AND COMPROMISING THEIR OFFICIAL DUTY CONTRARY TO SECTION 97, 292, 397 AND 123 OF THE PENAL CODE LAW OF SOKOTO STATE.Please be informed that our services as Attorneys-At-Law have been retained by the Save the Child Initiative Nigeria of No. 4 Sokoto South LGA Quarters Sokoto State (Hereinafter referred to as Our Client) on whose instruction and authority we write this petition to you on the following facts:That one SANI YAKUBU (M) a resident of Gwiwa Area Sokoto was accused of defiling four children namely: Iman Bashar ([F]4 years Old), Ihsan Nasiru ([F]7 years Old), Farida Isah ([F]11years old) and her younger sister Asma’u Isah ([F]6 years old). The four girls are daughters to three neighbours of the said Sani Yakubu, namely: Malam Bashar Usman, Malam Nasiru Musa and Isah Falke all resident of Gwiwa Area Sokoto.That Iman Bashar ([F]4 years Old) in November, 2018 complained of pains in her private part and when asked she had informed her mother Malama Ballira that it was the Sani Yakubu lured her in an empty room and inserted his penis into her vagina. That upon searching Iman’s pant by her mother a wet sperm and blood was discovered, hence, the father of the girl reported the matter to the Civil Defence office of Sokoto State Command.That when Sani Yakubu became aware of the complaint made against him and the personnel of Civil Defence were mobilized to effect his arrest, Sani Yakubu being the PDP chairman of 10 Polling Units of Gawon Nama Area Sokoto had rushed to Gwiwa Divisional Police Station Sokoto and complained against the mother of the defiled girl and Malam Nasiru Musa a father of 2nd defiled girl (Ihsan Nasiru) that they were defaming his character by alleging that he had defiled their daughters, but regrettably instead the Gwiwa Divisional Office to conduct a proper investigation or refer the matter to the Sokoto State Police Command for a discreet investigation; the Division having connived with some politicians in the State, unjustly, arraigned the mother of the Iman Bashar ([F]4 years Old) and the father of Ihsan Nasiru ([F]7 years Old) Malama Ballira and Malam Nasiru Musa respectively before the Upper Sharia Court III of Sokoto State for defaming the character of Sani Yakubu and the said Court remanded the victims’ parents (Malama Ballira and Malam Nasiru Musa) into prison custody despite the fact that their children were defiled in an attempt to force the parents to withdraw their complaint against Sani Yakubu for defiling their minor daughters before the Civil Defence Officers who have the powers to prosecute any offence under penal code in Sokoto State like police officers.That after Upper Sharia Court III of Sokoto State had released the two victims’ parents on bail; with the assistance of Our Client; the two parents of the said two girls involved in the alleged defilement and one Isah Falke who also accused the same Sani Yakubu for defiling his two daughters filed three separate direct criminal complaints for alleged offences of rape and gross indecency before the Chief Magistrate’s Court of Sokoto State against the said Sani Yakubu in Cases No. SK/DC.87/2018, SK/DC.88/2018 and SK/DC.89/2018 respectively. (Find attached the copies of the complaints and the FIR filed against the victims’ parents marked as Exhibit AA, BB, CC and DD respectively).That on the 11th day of December, 2018 the two cases filed by the two parents whom were remanded in prison were mentioned by the Magistrate’s Court II Sokoto and the court ordered that the cases No. SK/DC.87/2018 and No. SK/DC.88/2018 be referred to the CIID Sokoto Police Command for further investigation.That medical examinations of the first two girls namely: Iman Bashar ([F]4 years Old) and Ihsan Nasiru ([F]7 years Old) were conducted weeks after the alleged defilement and a report duly signed by a medical doctor was issued clearly indicating that both 4 and 7 years old girls lost their hymen (virginity). But sadly, instead of the DSP MABEL OMOMIA officer in charge of the Family Unit to charge the man for defilement/rape in two separate FIRs having both children narrated how the tragedy occurred, coupled with fact that it was two separate cases with different case numbers referred to the CIID by the Court or to transmit the case file to the DPP for legal advice, the DSP Officer in Chief of the Family Unit Sokoto State Police Command knowingly disobeyed the direction of the law in order to subject the Sani Yakubu to a less punishment than the one he is liable to by charging the man on one FIR with a lesser offence of indecent assault instead of rape/defilement. (Find attached the two medical reports and the copy of the FIR marked as Exh EE, FF and GG).That on the 19th day of December, 2018 the Chief Magistrate’s Court II of Sokoto State mentioned the third defilement case which involved two different minor girls of ISAH FALKE Vs. SANI YAKUBU CASE NO. SK/DC.89/2018 and the learned Magistrate after taking cognizance of the alleged offences also referred the matter for further investigation to the CIID Sokoto State Command.That unfortunately and regrettably this matter was also assigned to the Family Unit of CIID Sokoto by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Charge of CIID Sokoto Command for further investigation. The two girls involved were taken to hospital and examined but while waiting for the certified medical report, DSP MABEL OMOMIA and some of her staff (Asabe/Larai) in their bid to save the said Sani Yakubu from legal punishment, they invited the father of the two defiled girls, (Isah Falke) who is an indigent water vendor, in the absence of Our Client and their legal representation and intimidated Isah Falke that they will take him court and send him in prison as it happened to the two parents of the other defiled girls or he must write a letter withdrawing his complaint against the said Sani Yakub u whom he accused of defiling his two daughters, while at the time of the said unfortunate intimidation, the medical report in respect of the defilement was not even released by the Sokoto State Specialists’ Hospital, because Our Client had been in touch with hospital management having applied for a copy of the report if became ready, and they were never invited by the police that the had received the report.That sequel to such intimidation Isah Falke; a prepared letter was given to him to sign which he signed and he was also directed that he must give them money before he could be allowed to leave CIID office, because there was only N 1000 with him, they collected it and informed him that he should keep quiet and not inform anybody what transpired at CIID.Sir, we crave your indulgence, for the sake of confidence reposed upon you by the President Muhammadu Buhari in fight against corruption, we urge you to direct a discreet investigation be carried out in respect of the alleged offences of conspiracy, extortion, criminal intimidation and compromising their official duty contrary to section 97, 292, 397 and 123 of the Penal Code Law of Sokoto state and sanction anybody found wanting in accordance with the law of the land.Please, while we wait for your invitation; accept assurances of our high esteemed regards.Yours faithfully,Muhammad Mansur Aliyu Esq.08066060227/08029054820Copies to:1. Inspector General of Police (IGP)2. Assistant Inspector General In Charge of Zone 10 Sokoto3. Commissioner of Police Sokoto State Police Command4. Deputy Commissioner of Police in Charge of CIID Sokoto State Police Command5. The Sultanate Council Sokoto6. The Press
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