The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other related offences on Wednesday said its men had arrested a 42-year-old pharmacist, Abubarkar Danraka, for alleged sodomy.
The suspect, who hails from Zaria, Kaduna State, is a resident of Spring Valley Estate of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja works at the National Hospital, Abuja is the Special Assistant (Technical) to the Director General of the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Abuja and also an imam in the mosque within his estate.
A statement by an official of the Press Unit of NAPTIP, Osamuyi Oyegun, said Danraka 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 said the 12-year-old victim told NAPTIP men that the crime took place on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at the residence of the suspect.
He narrated: After our religious educational programme (Islamiyya) that afternoon, i decided to check on my friend who happens to be a neighbour of the suspect.
When i got to my friend’s residence, i knocked at the door, but there was no response. But as i intend to leave, the suspect opened his door and beckoned on me to come.
He appeared friendly and offered me a glass of water which i took and later began to feel weak.
He said: “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.
He said the suspect who is currently in NAPTIP’s custody, 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.