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Court grants bail to husband of victim allegedly r@ped by immigration officer


A High Court in Bauchi State, has granted bail to Samaila Yusuf, the husband of wife allegedly raped by a serving Deputy Superintendent of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Bauchi State Command, Sani Mua’zu.
The Presiding Judge, Justice L.K Umar, granted bail to Yusuf on Tuesday after 11 days incarceration pursuant to Order XV Rule 4 of the Fundamental Human Rright (Enforcement Procedures) Rules 2009 of Section 45 of the 1999 Constitution.

The Country Director of the Human rights organization, Barrister Mohamed Alkassim after a human rights group had approached the court for justice to enforce the section of the Constitution against the violation of the rights of Yusuf in suit No BA/82M/2024
Samaila Yusuf’s arrest had caused outraged after he allegedly reported to the police that he caught the Immigration officer raping his wife in front of his two children on December 9, 2023.

Although the rape suspect was arrested by the police after the report, he was released on bail less than 24 hours.
Dissatisfied, the couple approached the African Child Development and Human Rights Protection seeking for justice.

Alkassim on behalf of the victim, wrote a petition letter addressed to the Commissioner Police, Mohammed Auwal of Police, dated December 22, 2023
However, rather than re-arrest the suspect as the victim prayed, the police in a dramatic twist instead arrested the husband of the victim.

The development came almost two weeks after the victim accused the CP of failure to act on their petition
The victim explained that her husband was arrested by some policemen who came to their house on the allege order of the Deputy Commissioner of Police in the command.

Alkassim condemned the police for failing to carry out their duties on allegation as serious as rape but easily arresting the husband of the victim.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer for the Command, Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, denied that the police failed to investigate the suspected allegation of rape leveled against the immigration officer by the housewife.

“The Commissioner of Police had directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Criminal Investigation Department to investigate,” he said.

“The case was investigated and the two lawyers that raised the petition-Nazir Umar and Aliyu Mohammed came to the Criminal department and a case of this magnitude of rape was mentioned.
“It is a capital offence and investigation is still ongoing and the outcome of the investigation will be revealed to the public”.

On the arrest of the victim’s husband, the PPRO, said, “He is also charged for aiding and abetting offences to within kidnapping and the command received petition from Nazir Umar and Co chambers on behalf of their client Sani Saleh Mauzu against the said Yusuf Samiala and based on that the suspect (rape victim husband) was arrested”.

The victim in tears had appealed to the Inspector General of police to come to her aid and ensure that the suspect was re-arrested and investigated.

Alkassim expressed joy that Yusuf had regained freedom and called on human right groups to come to the aid of the wife by prevailing on the police to carry out proper investigation of the allegation of rape.

The Presiding Judge has fixed February 29, 2024 as the return date for the Hearing of the Motion on Notice, with the Commissioner of Police, Bauchi State and the suspected rapist, Sani Muazu as respondents

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