DNA test exposes Customs officer who raped, impregnated Katsina teenager
A DNA test has finally confirmed that a Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) officer has raped and impregnated a teenager in Katsina state, ending nearly two years of controversy.
The officer, Idris M. with service number 47102, had on several occasions had raped Aisha Dahiru, 15-year-old student from Rijyar Hamza village in Katsina.
By this, it has been confirmed that the officer is the biological father of an eight-month-old Abdulhamid born by Aisha.
21st CENTURY CHRONICLE gathers that Idris’ friend and colleague, Ibrahim Ismail, was the one to first had an affair with Aisha before she was introduced to him later.
Aisha, who now lives with her son, Abdulhamid in her uncle’s house, told this reporter that she wants the father to take responsibility of his son.
“I want idris to take responsibility for his actions. The child belongs to him. I also want the government to fight for my rights because he has destroyed my future.”
How we met – Victim
Aisha narrated how she met the officers thus: “One day, the Customs officers came to our village while on patrol, and one of them, Ibrahim, asked me whether I sold gruel (fura) and I said no. He gave me N500 and his phone number, saying I should buy for him. In the evening, I called and informed him that I had bought it, but he said he would not be able to come, so I should use it.
“After some time, he came back and gave me N1,000. He came again and said our courtyard was not okay for us to stand because smugglers could suspect that I was their informant. He asked me to enter their patrol vehicle, where he took me to the bush and raped me inside the vehicle. On another occasion, he took me to his house, saying I should meet his wife, but when we got there, I discovered that there was no one in the house. There too, he had sex with me.
“When my family discovered that I was pregnant, they beat me to tell them who was responsible. And I told them that it was only Ibrahim that we met, so they said I should call him so that the matter would be discussed in private.
“I called him several times but there was no response. I went and met his friend, Idris, who told me that he was not around but I should wait for him. That was when Idris too had sex with me in his house while I waited.”
The DNA result
According to the DNA test conducted at the department of Haematology and blood transfusion, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital and signed by Dr. R.a Bolarinwa, “the child has haplo identical match with father IM at HLA A,B, and DRBU and a full match at DQB1 locus.”
The clinical details set the record straight on the disputed paternity of the child.
Bolarinwa added in the statement that “a child is requested to inherit two genes each from the HLA loci A, B, C, DR, DQ and DP each of the genes from both parents as part of his genetic make up. On occasions, a child may be homozygous I e inherit only one copy if the HLA gene from either parents. This knowledge of genetic inheritance of HLA gene (s) is being used in resolution of paternal process.
“In this index case, father 1 can be excluded as the father of the child in dispute, he shared only two HLA genes with the child whereas Father 2 cannot be excluded as the father because he shared half or more of the child’s inherited HLA genes as expected of a biological father.”
Father 1 in the context is Ibrahim Ismail while father 2 is Idris M, both of them customs officers.
We’re happy – NGO
Chairperson of Queen Dija Women and Children Awareness Initiative, Khadija Sulaiman, expressed happiness over the conclusion of what she called “an exhausting case.”
It was this NGO that wrote a petition to the Katsina House of Assembly to brought to issue to the limelight.
“I’m happy that the truth has finally come out. It’s nothing personal just that we decided to fight for the teenager whose life has been destroyed,” she said.
Khadija said conducting the DNA test became necessary to unravel the mystery behind the biological father of the child between the two friends.
She also commended the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Services, Hameed Ali, whom she said sent a delegation to her foundation when she sent him a petition on the issue.
The customs spokesperson in the state, Danbaba Isa, didn’t respond to SMS on the DNA test results.