Kogi State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a prime suspect, Arome Danjuma, for allegedly ambushing and stripping a girl naked in a viral video.
Danjuma, alongside his friend who is currently at large, were reported to have carried out the dastardly act in Achigili Village around Abocho in Dekina local government area of Kogi state.
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP William Aya while briefing journalists at the Command’s headquarters in Lokoja on Saturday, said the command was still investigating the case and will soon apprehend the other suspect who is still on the run.
The Police spokesperson said the suspect will soon be charged to court.
The survivor, who identified herself as Alami, said one of the suspects approached her for marriage which she declined.
Narrating her own side of the story, Alami said, “One of the guys approached me for marriage which I refused. When I closed from work on my way going home at about 8pm last week Sunday 19th, he attacked me and forced me to his house and started beating me.
”Another person was waiting in his house carrying knife and axe threatening to kill me if I don’t pull off my cloth. I had no option than to obey them if not they would have killed me in the room. When I pulled off my cloth, they started filming my nakedness and later posted it on the internet. They just want to destroy my life.”
Speaking during an interview, the prime suspect, Arome Danjuma, confessed to have committed the crime stressing that, he conspired with his friend to commit the atrocity.
Reacting to the ugly incident, the Commissioner of Women Affairs who was represented by the Director Research Planning and Statistics, Ministry of Women Affairs, who is also the Secretary of the Kogi State GBV Technical Workgroup, Mr. Oseni Isaac described the incident as one of the most barbaric in recent time.
He described the act as animalistic, and would never be acceptable in Kogi state.
Isaac noted that the ministry is out to fight any act of gender based violence in the state, warning that it will no longer be business as usual for anyone who intends to perpetrate gender based violence in the state.
Also reacting to the sad and unfortunate incident, the Executive Director, Challenged Parenthood Initiative (CPI), Eunice Abimbola Agbogun described the incident as barbaric.
“This is the height of gender based violence. This is a serious crime against humanity. We feel that this case must go through the entire process and justice must prevail.
“I am glad that the Police has prevailed. We are glad that the perpetuator has been arrested and we have been assured by the Police that justice will prevail.
“We will follow up on this case as this is a strong warning to other perpetuators of GBV out there as it will no longer be business as usual”.