26 November 2012

Nigeria: Army Colonel Dragged to Court Over Sexual Assault

Kaduna — A serving army officer has been dragged to a magistrate's court over sexual assault on a 16 year old girl in Kaduna.

The accused is an officer at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA). An application for issuance of a direct criminal complaint summons filed at the magistrate's court of Kaduna in the Kaduna Magisterial District in Barnawa accused the Colonel of committing the offence contrary to sections 397, 282, 285, 272 and 327 of the penal code.

According to the complainant, on October 22, the accused person called her with the pretext to send her on an errand and unfortunately for her the Colonel had an ulterior motive for inviting her into his house.

She said the accused then lured her into a house and forced himself on her with a threat to kill her if she makes any noise and all effort by her to resist proved abortive because the accused is stronger than her.

She said the accused forcefully had sex with her leaving her physically and mentally traumatized.

The victim also said she stayed indoors for about 48 hours and could not disclose to her guardian until when the pains and injuries in her vagina became severe and later rushed to the NDA Medical Centre where the doctor on duty Dr. Okochi insisted on seeing the officer who committed the assault after which she was admitted for one week, the application said.

Contacted, NDA Public Relations Officer Lt. Col Abubakar Edun confirmed the incident even though he declined knowledge of the court summons.

According to him, the NDA conducted and is still conducting investigation into the matter with a view to authenticating the truth of the matter.

All efforts to reach the accused person on his mobile telephone number proved abortive as at press time. The matter comes up on November 28 for mention.

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