T   A 30-year-old, physically challenged woman was on March 1, gang-raped by 3 villages miscrant, who after forcefully having sex with her , also removed her two eyes. The mother of four who was said to have been struck by a mysterious illness when she was a child and was left almost incapacitated, with her left arm and leg almost useless was accosted on her way home from a party and dragged into the bush by the trio of Mohammed Sani, Sabo Rabo and Bitrus alias Japanese. Read the rest of the story as reported by Sun Newspaper   It was getting dark in the evening and Zainab Mohammed had just taken a bend through a footpath path at Kuzari going to her house when she heard footsteps and whispers behind her in the bush. Then came three men like a bolt from the blue who accosted her. “I turned and asked them what they wanted from me and they said they wanted to follow me. I said follow me for what? What did I do to you that you want to follow me?  Do I owe you money that you want to follow me?  I told them to leave me alone. I don’t want my husband to hear that men were following me.  I told them to leave me alone but they refused.Suddenly, they held my hands. I was struggling to free myself from their grip. They held my neck and I almost died. They twisted my hand, they opened my two legs and took turns to rape me. I was fainting. Then they brought an object-I don’t know whether it was a knife or not and they started removing my left eye. I screamed and tried to struggle but they removed my left eye. They started removing the other eye and I screamed harder. Then I heard a male voice saying this scream inside the bush is not normal and people came”, she stated, adding that that was the point her assailants took to their heels. The victim said she knew two of the three men that attacked her. “One of them is called bullet but I don’t know the name of the other one. They use to go round the village aimlessly drinking alcohol” What did I do to them to deserve this? I will never forgive them, Allah. I will never forgive them for what they have done to me. It is better if their eyes are removed just as they have removed mine. I need revenge. That is what my heart desires”, Her husband, Mohammed Saleh could not control his emotions as he broke down.  “I was in a friend’s house when the news of what happened to my wife reached me. In our tradition we do not accompany women to ceremonies. They go with their friends and relations that are women. When I realised it was getting dark, I went to my friend’s place. I met someone there who told me that my wife had gone home. I decided to go home. On reaching the house, I did not see her so I went out to look for her.  I met someone on the way and on asking he replied, ‘do you know what happened to your wife?’ I followed him down to Luschi Primary School where I saw my wife in the pool of her own blood. It was terrible. That was how we rushed her to the hospital”, Why we did it –Suspects  Bitrus is a tall, huge man with kola-stained teeth from Dado village in Dass local council area who mends broken domestic plastic buckets and bowls for a living. Looking unkempt, he claimed to be 45 years old but looked every inch in his late 50s. The father of four said he is separated from his wife. “My wife ran away with the children and I have been living alone,” he told Saturday Sun at the Bauchi police command headquarters where he is being kept with the three other suspects. The others are Sabo Rabo  who is a 40- year-old native of Doukabuga village in Toro council area while Mohammed Sani is 30. In his open confession, Bitrus said:  “I am here because I committed a crime. We raped her and later removed her eyes. We were three. We did it at a spot called Kuzari. She asked us to give her some money and sleep with her. We went to a nearby bush and had sex with her. It was only me and Sabo that did it. Mohammed Sani did not have sex with her but he was the one that brought the idea that we should remove her eyes” Bitrus said that after the two of them raped the woman, they planned to run away but Rabo warned that if they did, he would disclose what they did. “We had no choice but to comply. We used a knife to remove her eyes.” Mohammed Sani said it was temptation from the devil that pushed him into raping the woman and removing her eyes, adding:  “Sabo told us that he had someone that would buy the eye.” But Mohammed Sani denied the accusation. He said:  “I did not ask them to remove her eyes. It was Japanese (Bitrus)  who is our senior that said he discussed with one native doctor that if he removed the woman’s eyes, the native doctor will give us N1 million.  They asked me being the strongest to hold the woman.  That is after Sabo Bullet had slept with her. I held her down and Japanese (Bitrus) removed her left eye.” Usman Sabo, 35, is the native doctor that Sabo said asked Bitrus to bring the eyes for a N1 million compensation. Sabo who sells herbs and married with two children told Saturday Sun: “I was sitting on my own when Bitrus came with the eye. He told me he had a woman’s eye but I didn’t see it. He asked me if I could prepare for him charms that will make him to disappear.  I told him I am only a herbs seller. I don’t prepare charm to make people vanish at will. I have never done it. I only treat people who are sick whenever my services are required. When I told Bitrus that, he left in anger and later the matter came that I gave him N1million. Did I look like a millionaire? The eye is with Bitrus but he kept denying it.” While denying being in possession of the victim’s eyes, Bitrus said the eyes are with Mohammed Sani. “The eye is not with me. It is with Sani. He promised to give us N1 million. I did not get a single kobo”, he insisted.



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