Law Firm Seeks Justice For 17Year-Old Girl Raped By Police Officer In Lagos - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS


Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Law Firm Seeks Justice For 17Year-Old Girl Raped By Police Officer In Lagos

The accused, Sergeant Innocent Yakubu

Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji 
ABEOKUTA - A police guard attached to Western Quarry Limited, Sergeant Innocent Yakubu has been accused of forcefully had carnal knowledge of a 17year-old girl, Blessing Asu.

According to the solicitor of the victim, Biodun Aboaba of RRA Solicitors and Advocates, Sergeant Yakubu with Force number 274145 of 71 PMF, Awa-Ijebu Police Command, Ogun State, threatened Miss Blessing with AK47 rifle, demanding to have sex with the victim by force. 

Barrister Aboaba in a petition addressed to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos state, explained that Sergeant Yakubu having forcefully had his way, also threatened to kill the victim if she tells anybody about the rape action. 

Blessing, who was a virgin until the ugly incident, opened up when her guardian, Alice Hugbo discovered she was pregnant, and upon pressure, the victim narrated her ordeal in the hands of Sergeant Yakubu. 

Barrister Aboaba who spoke with journalists in Abeokuta commended the swift intervention of Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG Ahmed Iliyasu and Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu for their professionalism in fishing out the suspect. 

Aboaba therefore called for justice for the innocent girl, calling on the police chiefs to dismiss the suspect and charge him to court. 

"Around January 10, 2020, in the wee hours of the day, precisely, Sergeant Innocent Yakubu, entered the room of Blessing Asu and threatened Blessing Asu with AK 47 rifle, demanding to have sex with her by force. Blessing

"Asu, fearing for her life, stopped screaming and Sergeant Innocent Yakubu violently raped her. After having unlawful carnal knowledge of Blessing Asu, Sergeant Innocent Yakubu threatened to kill her if she ever reveals to anybody that he violently raped her.

"Blessing Asu, a virgin, was introduced to sex in the most inhumane way ever by Sergeant Innocent Yakubu and started having nightmares immediately after the experience but however refused to disclose her ordeal to anyone.

"It was until recently that her Guardian and next friend, Alice Hugbo discovered that Blessing Asu is pregnant after noticing the changes in her body. It was when she was pressed as to who impregnated her that she summoned courage to narrate her ordeal in the hands of Sergeant Innocent Yakubu. 

"The medical report confirming she was raped and impregnated by Sergeant Innocent Yakubu is enclosed in this correspondence as Annexure 2. The pictures of the said Sergeant Innocent Yakubu and Blessing Asu are also enclosed as Annexure 3' & 32.

"Child rape in Nigeria has assumed an alarming dimension in Nigeria and the rape culture. According to the Inspector General of Police, the Police has recorded about 717 rape incidents across the country between January and May. 

"We do not want this case to be part of the ugly statistic of unresolved and unprosecuted rape cases. We humbly urge your good office to Investigate this matter and swiftly charge the accused to court."

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