SOKOTO, Nigeria – The State Hisbah Commission on Monday, confirmed the arrest of the son of a political appointee in the state for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl and circulating the video on social media.
Adamu Kasarawa, the state Hisbah Commandant, told newsmen in Sokoto that the principal suspect, son of a political appointee in the state and his two friends would be handed over to relevant authorities for prosecution.
Kasarawa said that the commission had concluded investigations into the matter and would ensure the prosecution of the case.
The mother of the victim, (name withheld), who spoke to newsmen, said that the principal suspect sexually abused her daughter sometimes in 2017 when she was 16 years old.
She alleged that the suspect stored the video clips for three years with the intention of destroying her daughter’s life.
According to her, marriage arrangements have been concluded for her daughter, scheduled for Oct. 17, this year, when Baffa released the phonographic video of him sexually abusing the girl.
She said that the ugly development made the would-be groom to withdraw from the proposed marriage.
”Exactly on June 20, 2020, I received a call from Lagos on the viral circulated video of my nude daughter being sexually abused by Baffa Hayatu Tafida.
”The suspects shared the clips to my daughter’s suitor along with other online groups,” she said.
The victim’s mother further revealed that the situation had devastated the life of her daughter as she could hardly eat nor sleep.
She also claimed that the father of the principal suspect had made attempts to induce her in order to drop the case, and threatened her on different occasions when she refused.
However, Hayatu Tafida, the father of the principal suspect, confirmed knowledge of the case, but denied inducing the victim’s mother or threatening her life, NAN reports.