A 42-year-old imam, Abubakar Danraka has been arrested by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other related offences (NAPTIP) for defiling a 12-year-old boy in Abuja.
A statement on Wednesday by an official of the Press Unit of NAPTIP, Osamuyi Oyegun, said Danraka who had a PhD and a pharmacist, was arrested after he allegedly had anal sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old boy (name withheld), adding that the
offence was contrary to the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015.
Oyegun further disclosed that the suspect, who is a resident of Spring Valley Estate of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, works at the National Hospital, Abuja and is the Special Assistant (Technical) to the Director General of the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Abuja.
He added that Danraka, who hails from Zaria, Kaduna State is also an imam in the mosque within his estate.
According to Oyegun, the 12-year-old victim told NAPTIP men that the crime took place on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at the residence of the suspect.
According to him, after their religious educational programme (Islamiyya) that afternoon, he decided to check on his friend who happens to be a neighbour of the suspect, explaining that when he got to his friend’s residence, he knocked at the door, but there was no response.
The suspect however opened his own door and beckoned to him to come when he made to leave.
The suspect was said to appear friendly and offered the victim a glass of water which the boy took and later began to feel weak.
“In that state of weakness, the suspect overpowered him, laid him on a red settee in his sitting room and forced his penis into his (victim) anus.
“After the suspect was done, he asked him to go home with a stern warning not to mention what had happened to anyone.
“On getting home, his mother scolded him about his whereabouts but noticed her son was uneasy. She took him into the room questioned him and he opened up about what had happened to him.
“The victim said his mother checked his body and saw sperm content and bruises around his anus region. She and the father rushed him to the National Hospital, Abuja where he was admitted. The victim was discharged on Thursday, March 26, 2020 after spending five days in the hospital,” the statement read.
The suspect, who is currently in the custody of NAPTIP, was said to have denied involvement in the crime.
Oyegun said an identification parade was, however done where a number of men with the height and stature of the suspect were put together, and the victim was able to identify the suspect.