There was anger in Kano yesterday, as residents got to know about the infection of a 13-year-old girl with HIV after being raped by the Village Head of Goron Maje, Dambatta Local Government Area of the state. Vanguard learned that when the victim’s suitor requested for a HIV test as a wedding prerequisite, she was confirmed positive.
The suitor called off the wedding and the matter was brought to the public domain when the girl’s parents lodged a formal complaint before Kano Emirate Council. The Village Head, who is believed to be in his early 60s, allegedly lured the 13 years old to a corner shop attached to his residence some months ago and raped her. Security sources in Kano said the teenager confirmed to her parents how she lost her virginity to the village head some months back in a violent encounter, adding that the village head threatened to kill her if she told anyone.
Kano Emirate Council intervenes Meanwhile, the Kano Emirate Council, through Galadiman Kano, Alhaji Abbas Sanusi, has announced the suspension of the village head to pave way for a full investigation. Alhaji Sanusi, while announcing the suspension, however, explained that the action by the council was sequel to “a formal complaint lodged by the parents of the teenager.” He said: “We have commen-ced a formal investigation to ascertain the culpability of the traditional title holder to enable the palace apply appropriate punishment.” Security sources confirmed that the high profile suspect has been taken into custody by Hisba officials, who are yet to hand him over to the police.