The men suspected to have tortured young girls in a viral video in Bauchi have refused to honour police invitation which prompted a manhunt for their arrest.
Daily Trust recalls that on February 14, 2021 the Bauchi State Police Command reacted to a viral multimedia clip (audio and video) of a torture scene in which a group of women in their late teens and early twenties were being tortured by a gang of boys.
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The Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, in a statement said, “We have invited the suspects but they have refused to honour our invitation, as such, we are intensifying efforts to effect their arrest in order to hear their own side of the story and take necessary action.”
Wakil said despite violating human rights and the dignity of the girl child, the police will listen to the version of the suspects.
The command said it was a case of two girls fighting over a boy which attracted third parties.
“The fight had reportedly started at Bakin Kura between Halima and her team of girls against Aisha after which Aisha escaped to regroup with the said boys, then she dared Halima to meet her at Kofar Dumi where the unfortunate incident occurred after the girls were rounded up by the boys.
Halima claimed they didn’t have any weapons, while Aisha claimed they did and the boy at the centre of the fracas was a certain Dusha; revealing that it was Lasa, Halima’s boyfriend, who shaved her hair with a razor blade.
“We would like to use this medium to reiterate the need for parents and guardians to maintain strict vigilance of the activities of their wards. It is pertinent now more than ever that the whereabouts of wards and the company they keep are constantly kept in check by all those responsible.
“Community leaders, elders and authoritative persons should also ensure to keep an eye on happenings within their environment and ensure the needed intervention before situations degenerate,” he added.