62-year-old Adamawa herbalist rapes mentally ill minor
A 62-year-old herbalist, Godwin Sanda, has been charged with raping a 14-year-old mentally ill girl in Adamawa State and is in police custody for desecration.
The accused, who hails from the Zangun community in the Numan local government area of the state, was arrested by police on July 23, 2022 for the alleged offence.
The police command, in a statement from its image maker, SP Suleiman Nguroje, made available to reporters on Sunday, said the suspect allegedly defiled his victim who was brought to him for treatment.
Sanda, it was learned, had advised the mother of the mentally ill teenager, after she was brought to her for medication, to go home, waiting for the victim to recover.
The herbalist had, during the absence of his relatives, committed the act of sexually assaulting the young girl.
Nguroje, who disclosed the arrest, said: “Police have arrested a 62-year-old traditional herbalist for allegedly raping a mentally ill 14-year-old girl who was brought to the suspect for possible medication.
“The man, we learned, had advised his mother to take her to the herbalist so that she could go home while waiting for him to cure the little girl of her illness. Taking advantage of the absence of the mother, the herbalist would have had canal knowledge of the young girl during her five-day stay at his home.
“After raping her, according to him, the victim escaped from his premises and returned to his parents. The relative who saw the traumatized girl reported the matter to the Numan police.
“The suspect is being investigated by the State Criminal Investigation Department on the orders of the Commissioner of Police, CP Sikiru Akande.”
State Police Commissioner CP Akande advised the public, especially parents, to beware of questionable figures in their neighborhoods and always seek expert advice before making a decision, especially on general health issues.