Yakubu Mohammed, 51, who raped a 13-year-old girl and infected her with HIV in Jigawa State allegedly, bribed his way out of jail with N200, 000.
According to Premium Times, Ahmad, the father of the victim said he had been told the alleged rapist had been convicted and jailed by the Jigawa State Government but it turned out, an official later told Premium Times the accused was only released on bail.
“I was shocked and nearly fell down unconscious when I saw Yakubu on the road walking,” Mr Ahmad said. I later learned that he told his sympathisers he is now free, everything is okay now. This makes me to rush to the media to come to my rescue”.
The last time I saw him was the day I took him to the police station, I didn’t know how he was prosecuted, I was told he was convicted, only for me to see him walking freely.” Mr Ahmad appealed to the authorities to intervene.
“My daughter is now HIV/AIDS positive and stigmatised. I forced her to school but she shuns school because her friends snub her.” Ladi Dansure, the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, however, vowed the suspected rapist will not go unpunished.
“I heard that he bribed his way out of jail by giving out N200, 000. Whoever collected the money must face the wrath of the law,” Mrs Dansure said. Explaining the circumstances under which the alleged rapist regained freedom, Auwalu Balago, spokesperson of the Jigawa State High Court, said he was only released on bail.