From PAUL ORUDE, Bauchi
A commercial motorcyclist in Bauchi State identified simply as Auwalu, has allegedly raped a 30-year-old housewife, (names withheld) who was five months pregnant at the time. The victim who narrated her ordeal in an interview with Daily Sun, said she was rape in the presence of two of her children. She also lost her five month pregnancy and almost died following the incident.
The Fulani woman said Auwalu carried her and two of her children aged six and five respectively on his motorcycle on the fateful day he raped her. The mother of four said Auwalu carried her and two of children to Bakala in Brugga, Tafalwa Balewa Local Government area of the state She said: “When we got into the bush, he diverted from the road and stopped the machine and said that he had a flat tyre and asked us to come down.
“I came down with my children and he then told me that he wanted to have sex with me. I said no way, I can’t do it. I am a married woman and I am pregnant. “He threatened that if I did not do it, he would kill me and held me and wrestled me to the ground. He cut my left hand with knife and slapped me hard on my face before he raped me right in front of my children. “When he finished he did not take me to Bakala. He did not collect the N300 fare we agreed on and left after raping me. I had a miscarriage and my husband rushed me to the hospital where I received 10 drips.
“My husband was very angry. I felt ashamed of myself because he has tarnished my name and reputation. People will look at me as a wayward woman. Now people will think of me as an irresponsible woman. I knew no man except my husband. I feel very sad” Victim’s husband, Umar, 35, a peasant farmer said he felt very sad about what happened to his wife and had to borrow N15, 000 to save his wife’s life.
“Auwalu is someone I knew I feel very sad over what he did to my wife and I intend to see that he did not go unpunished. I sent people to ask him if I ever offended him that he carried out such an evil thing on my family. He sent back that I did not offend him in any way. That he was sorry but he dii not rape my wife. I said no way. I don’t accept his apology.” Umar who said there were several attempts by Auwal’s family to settle the issue out of court said he felt justice had to be done to ensure that Auwalu was punished for his crime and rebuffed such moves.
“Auwalu confessed that he defiled my wife and I had to report him to the police but the Ardo, village chief was not happy that I went to the police. Even the police are not willing to assist me. Maybe Auwalu’s family has given them money.” Umar said but for divine intervention his wife would have died because of the shock. “ I want justice and I am calling on the governor of the state, Mallam Isas Yuguda to ensure that justice is done because Auwalu is even boasting that I am just a poor man and there is nothing I can do. I want justice,” he appealed. When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Bauchi Police Command, Hassan Mohammed Auypo said he was not aware of such case and promised to find out.