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Man arrested for serial sexual abuse, rape of four minors in Niger

The Niger Command on Wednesday said it arrested one Festus Okeke of Ishau village, for having unlawful sexual intercourse with four minors in Paikoro Local Area of the state.

Mr Adamu Usman, the State Commissioner of Police, who disclosed this in an interview with Agency of (NAN), in Minna, on Wednesday, said police operatives attached to Kafin -Koro division arrested the suspect on April 17, at about 11.00 am.

Usman said the suspect lured four under-aged girls into his shop at Ishau village, during and after the Easter celebration, and raped them.

“The suspect had carnal knowledge of the two girls, while he fiddled with private parts of the other two girls with his finger. The victims are between the ages of 10 years and 13 years,” he said.

He alleged that the suspect, mostly lured young girls with N200 each and loaves of bread, to engage in such acts of gross indecency with them.

During interrogation, the suspect claimed to have given the girls loaves of bread and N200 for the Easter celebration.

The police commissioner said the case was still under investigation and that the suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

Usman said records had shown that the suspect was arrested on Oct. 4, 2019, for the same offence, with two minors from the same village, and was charged to the Chief Magistrate’s Court 1, Minna, for prosecution.

Usman added that the suspect’s records of sexual assault on minors indicated the habitual action of a serial rapist.

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