Man, 35, infects 12-yr-old groundnut hawker with HIV

By Suzan Edeh

BAUCHI—THE police in Bauchi State, Tuesday, arrested a man, 35, for infecting a 12-year-old girl with Human Immuno Virus, HIV.

This was disclosed by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, in Bauchi, yesterday, saying the man had been HIV positive and on medication since 2004.

According to him, the suspect had been sleeping with the girl, who is a groundnut hawker, since 2012.

He added that the girl was diagnosed with the disease when she started having strange symptoms.

Mohammed, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said: “On October 14, one Sabo Korau, a 35-year-old male of Unguwan Dawaki, Dass council of Bauchi State was arrested for having sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old girl, repeatedly, since 2012.

“When the victim began to show strange symptoms, she was taken to the hospital and was diagnosed HIV positive.”

He further said police’s preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect took advantage of the girl, adding that the suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigation was concluded.

Meanwhile, Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, Shehu Lawal, has ordered the dissolution of Bauchi State Police Community Relations Committee, PCRC, which tenure expired since 2008.

According to him, the dissolution is with immediate effect.

He said all existing PCRC identity cards had been nullified, advising members in possession of same to hand them over to the nearest divisional police headquarters.

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