One Mamman Bashir and five others have been arrested by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, in Jigawa for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl in Maigatari Local Government Area of the state.
The suspects were also said to have infected the victim with HIV virus.
In a statement issued by the command in Dutse, it was disclosed that the suspects were arrested on April 3.
According to the statement, signed by the state’s Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr Muhammad Gidado, Bashir, 32, had in January, allegedly connived with his friends and forcefully had carnal knowledge of the girl at Kantakarata Village.
He explained that the girl was treated at the Comprehensive Health Centre, Maigatari from the injuries she sustained from the assault.
Gidado, however, said the girl was found to be HIV positive when she was referred to the clinic for re-examination few months after the assault by the gang.
He disclosed that the suspects, who had escaped were arrested on April 3 by men of the command, following a report of the assault by the victim’s guardian.
Gidado said that three of the suspects were tested positive to HIV after medical examinations.