Kogi State Police Command has arrested one Arome Danjuma, who allegedly stripped a girl niked and filmed her for refusing his marriage proposal in Dekina local government area of the state.
Danjuma, alongside his friend, who is currently at large, were reported to have carried out the dastardly act in Achigili village around Abocho in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State.
The incident, which was widely condemned by the general public according to the Police Public Relations Officer, SP William Aya, will ensure that the culprit faces the full wrath of the law.
Aya, while briefing journalists at the command headquarters in Lokoja, said the command was still doing investigation to apprehend the other suspect who is on the run.
The police spokesperson said the suspect will soon be charged to court.
The victim, who identified herself as Alami, said one of the suspects approached her for marriage which she refused.
According to her, “One of the guys approached me for marriage, which I refused. When I was going home from work at about 8pm last Sunday, he attacked me and forced me to his house and started beating me.
“Another person was waiting in his house carrying a knife and axe, threatening to kill me if I don’t pull off my clothes.
“I had no other option than to obey them. If not they would have killed me in the room. When I pulled off my clothes, they started filming my nikedness and later posted it on the internet. They just want to ruin my life.”
Speaking during an interview, the prime suspect, Arome Danjuma confessed to have committed the crime, stressing that he conspired with his friend to commit the atrocity.
Reacting to the incident, the Commissioner of Women Affairs, who was represented by the Director Research Planning and Statistics, Ministry of Women Affairs, who is also the Secretary of the Kogi State GBV Technical Workgroup, Mr. Oseni Isaac described the incident as one of the most barbaric in recent times.
He described the act as animalistic which will never be acceptable in Kogi State.
Isaac noted that the ministry is out to fight any act of gender-based violence in the state, warning that it will no longer be business as usual for anyone who intends to perpetrate gender-based violence in Kogi State.
Also reacting to the incident, the Executive Director, Challenged Parenthood Initiative (CPI), Eunice Abimbola Agbogun, described the incident as barbaric.
“This is a serious crime against humanity. We feel that this case must go through the entire process and justice must prevail.
“I am glad that the police have intervened. We are glad that the perpetuator has been arrested and we have been assured by the police that justice will prevail. We will follow up on this case as this is a strong warning to other perpetrators of GBV out there as it will no longer be business as usual.”