Politician's son and two others arrested for allegedly circulating rape video of soon-to-be bride in Sokoto

The Sokoto State Hisbah Commission has arrested three people including a politician's son for allegedly circulating a video on social media while sexually assaulting a young lady.

According to reports, the victim was said to be scheduled to get married on October 17, but the marriage was called off as a result of the viral video circulated by the suspects.

Confirming the arrest to newsmen, the state Hisbah Commandant, Dr. Adamu Kasarawa, said the suspects would be handed over to the police for prosecution.

The mother of the victim told newsmen that the principal suspect who is the politician's son, sexually abused her daughter sometime in 2017 when she was 16 years old. She alleged that the suspect stored the video clips for three years with the intention of destroying her daughter’s life.

“Exactly on June 20, 2020, I received a call from Lagos on the circulated video of my nude daughter being sexually abused by Baffa Hayatu Tafida.

“The suspects shared the clips to my daughter’s suitor along with other online groups,” she said

The distraught mum said the wedding which was earlier scheduled for October 17 was canceled by the groom after Baffa released the phonographic video of him sexually abusing the girl.

She alleged that officials at the Department of State Services and the National Human Rights Commission in Sokoto refused to respond to her cry for justice until she lodged a complaint at the Hisbah commission.

The victim’s mother claimed that the father of the principal suspect had made attempts to induce her in order to drop the case, and threatened her on different occasions when she refused.

When contacted, Hayatu Tafida, the father of the principal suspect, confirmed knowledge of the case but denied inducing the victim’s mother or threatening her life.

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