The Nigeria Police, Gombe State Command, on Tuesday said two men were arrested for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl at a farm in Bajoga, Funakaye Local Government Area of the state.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mahid Abubakar, disclosed this while parading the suspects before newsmen on Tuesday in Gombe.
Abubakar gave the names of the suspects as Yayaji Muhammad (24 years) and Muhammad Barau (20 years).
He said their arrest followed a complaint by Malam Jauro, the father of the victim.
“On Feb. 8, 2024, about 2.00 pm, a complaint was received via Malam Jauro at Bajoga Division that on Feb. 7, about 2.10 pm.
“The above-mentioned suspects conspired among themselves, attacked and threatened his daughter.
“The suspects with another force had carnal knowledge of the 13-year old girl of the same address,” said Abubakar.
He said 20 other suspects were arrested for various offences ranging from criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide, armed robbery, possession of suspected hard drugs, impersonation and possession of substances supposed to be marijuana.
According to him, exhibits recovered from the suspects include three Bajaj motorcycles, 88 wraps of dry leaves suspected to be marijuana, 110 tablets of suspected hard drugs, amongst others.
Abubakar restated the command’s commitment to combating crimes and ensuring the safety of state residents.
He said the suspects would be arraigned at the conclusion of the investigation.
“We urge the public to continue to provide vital information to aid the fight against crime,” he said.