The corpse of a six-year-old, Aisha Ya’u, suspected to have been defiled before being killed, has been recovered from a cemetery in Kurmin Mashi area of Kaduna.
The corpse was discovered by a farmer, returning from his farm, and who alerted passers-by.
Eyewitness accounts indicated that the alleged victim returned from Islamiyya school on Sunday at around 11am. Thereafter, she changed into her playing clothes and went out to play in the neighbourhood. Later, her mother discovered that she had not returned and raised the alarm.
A source said that the remains of the girl was discovered in a cemetery.
“The search for the girl began…She was found dead at a burial ground in the area by a farmer with sand all over her body,” the source said.
A source close to the family narrated that Aisha’s mother had raised the alarm about her missing daughter an hour after she couldn’t find her; adding that this attracted neighbours who joined in the search for the missing girl.
Reacting to the incident, the Commissioner, Ministry of Human Services and Social Development, Kaduna; Hajiya Hafsat Baba, expressed sadness over the development. She called on the Police to deploy all available resources to apprehend the perpetrators of these heinous crimes occurring repeatedly in the community.
“Right-thinking Kaduna people are very sad about this unfortunate development. These criminals are still on rampage but they must be stopped. I am calling on the Commissioner of Police in Kaduna, CP Muri Umar, to help us get to the bottom of this,’’ Baba said.
Also, spokesman of the Kaduna Police Command, ASP Muhammed Jalige, confirmed the discovery of the corpse. However, he cautioned against attributing her death to defilement. He said the Police had already obtained a Coroner’s Form duly signed by a Magistrate’s Court; adding that this would enable the hospital to carry out a series of examination on the girl’s corpse.
‘‘After the examination, the hospital can then release the corpse to the parents for burial”, he said.
On June 28, while residents were in their houses due to the COVID-19 lockdown; a similar incident involving a minor led to the discovery of the corpse of a little girl. The corpse was found at a Mosque in the same area. Her killer(s) are yet to be apprehended till date.