By Praise Necherem
A national daily had reported that the 2017 case had been discontinued. The police in a statement issued by the public relations officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed, said the matter was still in court.
The statement partly read, “The attention of the Anambra state police command has been drawn to a publication in page Daily Trust Newspaper on the above caption, “The paper while analysing rising number of children being raped cited the case of one ex- cpl Barau Garba who allegedly abducted and raped a 14-year-old girl in Onitsha between October 9th and 14th 2017 and that the case had died”.
“In order to set the record straight and clear ambiguity associated with such publication, the command considers it necessary to appraise the Public of the real facts in issue.
“On the 30/10/2017 at about 1300hrs, one Lawal Imam male of cash point, Hausa Quarters in Asaba, Delta State reported that on the 14/10/2017 one F/ NO 275601 CPL Bara’u Garba attached to Mopol 7 PMF Sokoto while on special duty at Okpoko in Anambra State abducted his daughter (name withheld) aged 14 years, confined her in a secluded area at Okpoko in Onitsha and allegedly had unlawful carnal knowledge with her severally for Six consecutive days from 14/10/2017 to 20/10/2017 respectively.
Upon receipt of the case, the suspect Cpl Bara’u Garba was traced, arrested and tried in orderly room for discreditable conduct and neglect of duty contrary to paragraph E(iii) and N(i) Reg 370 Police Act and Regulations.
“He was found guilty and dismissed from the Force and subsequently charged to Chief Magistrate Court II Ogbauru Since November 2017 and the case is still pending in that court.”
The police spokesperson assured of the command’s readiness to partner with the media in ensuring that Justice prevail in the society. He, however, urged media practitioners to always crosscheck their facts before publication in order not to mislead the public with unverified facts.