Nigeria sacks policeman for rape

By Rafiu Ajakaye, Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Police said the sacked policeman would be arraigned in court for the crime

Police said the sacked policeman would be arraigned in court for the crime

LAGOS – Nigerian police on Tuesday sacked a police corporal found guilty of raping a four-year-old girl in the central Plateau State.

Damudu Bzibu was arrested on March 26 after the victim's father reported him to police.

"The suspect was given… a trial, found guilty and dismissed," Police Commissioner Chris Olakpe told reporters.

Bzibu had been attached to Nigeria's Special Task Force, a multi-agency security outfit tasked with providing security in the restive state.

Olakpe said Bzibu had been found guilty of raping the four-year-old girl, identified as Helen Timothy.

He added that the sacked policeman would be arraigned in court for the crime.

Rape, an increasingly worrisome trend in Nigeria, is punishable under section 283 of the country's penal code.

Last December, a Nigerian court sentenced a 20-year-old man to ten years in jail for raping his six-year-old neighbor.

There have recently been calls to institute capital punishment for convicted rapists.

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