Tension was high on Friday at the Abattoir community, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State as residents, mostly women and young girls protested alleged sexual molestation of about 14 young girls in the area by a Lebanese, Vanguard Newspaper reports.
The alleged molestation, the protesters claim, has been ongoing for years without anything being done, but when the man was eventually arrested and handed over to the Police, he was said to have been released from the Police station hence the protest.
It was gathered that the Lebanese was arrested and handed over to the Police on Thursday after the parents of two of the minors in the community reported that their children were sexually molested.
Apart from the two girls, 12 more girls also confessed that they were also at different times molested by the suspect whom they said did unprintable things to them.
The protesters called for justice to be served and appealed to Government, NGOs, and Civic Society Organizations to intervene so that the issue is not swept under the carpet like the previous ones.
One of the protesters, Abigail Haruna said, “This thing has been going on for almost 20 years. I grew up in Abattoir here and I have been hearing about it.”
“This time around, about 14 girls between the ages of 10 to 11 are involved. A Lebanese man in Abattoir here used to sexually molest the girls, one that is 11 is pregnant. This should not be allowed to fester.”
Another protester, Esther Emmanuel added, “Since when I was little, I heard about this man that he uses little girls to do blue film but we never took any action but thank God this case came up yesterday (Thursday). Parents of the girls went to the Police station to report it.”
“It is really annoying that this thing has been happening but we never did anything about it. None of these girls are up to 15 years.”
“Two of the girls are pregnant, one has HIV, this is annoying. The problem is that when it happens, you will not hear anything again, the issue will just die off like that.”
“The parents are left with their children, they will be asked to go and take care of their children and will even be blamed for refusing to talk to their children.”
“If we go to their country, will they allow that? We want justice to be served. The man was arrested but now what we hear is that he has been released.”
But the State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Gabriel Uba when contacted said “The Police is aware of the situation and investigation is ongoing to ascertain the true state of the matter.”
“Nobody is happy to hear such a devilish act, investigation is ongoing. Nobody released the man, if they don’t get vital information, they will do things out of ignorance. The matter has been transferred to the State CID, the man has not been released.”