There is palpable tension 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 fourteen young girls in the area by a Lebanese.
The alleged molestation, the protesters claim, has been ongoing for years without anything being done to bring the suspect to book.
Sources claimed that things got out of hand when the suspected Lebanese was eventually arrested and handed over to the police and released immediately.
It was gathered that the Lebanese was arrested and handed over to the Police on Thursday after parents of two of the minors in the community reported that their children were sexually molested.
Apart from the two girls, twelve 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 Civil Society Organizations to intervene so that the issue is not swept under the carpet.
One of the protesters, Abigail Haruna said, “this thing has been going on for almost twenty years. I grew up in Abattoir here and I have been hearing about it. This time around, about fourteen girls between the ages of ten to eleven are involved. A Lebanese man in Abattoir here used to sexually molest the girls, one the girls is even 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 is really annoying that this thing has been happening but we never did anything about it. None of these girls is up to fifteen 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 train and educate 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.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in Plateau State, Gabriel Uba(ASP) has confirmed the incident.
Uba said that 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.” Uba pointed out.