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Residents of Abattoir in Jos protest against Mr Kfouri Sleiman for sexual abuse of minors

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

Following the unrest last week at Abattoir, in Jos South local government area of Plateau State, arising from accusation against one Mr Kfouri Sleiman’s alleged act of sexual abuse of minors, residents of the LGA came out in their numbers to protest against Mr Sleiman whose immoral activities include making of pornographic videos of his victims.

Our correspondent gathered that, the girls (according to residents) are less than 15 years of age, which they alleged he had already put 2 in a family way.

The situation was, however, put under control by security agents with the man arrested by the police. The 61-year old Lebanese national is still cooling his feet at the criminal investigation department of the Plateau State Police Command.

In this regard, the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Plateau State Chapter, wants justice for the about ten under-aged girls, who were allegedly molested by the 61-year old Lebanese man identified as Kfouri Sleiman, at Abattoir community in Jos South local government area of the state.

Chairman of the Association, Mrs. Jennifer Yarima, made the call after a -door meeting with the Deputy Commissioner of  Police, Finance and  Administrative Department, Warebi Owotorufa, the DCP Criminal Investigative Department,  Mohammad Bume, and the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ubah Gabriel Ogaba.

She called on the Police to ensure they carry out “thorough investigation,” and appealed to people to provide evidence for justice to prevail. At the same time, she called on spirited individuals to support the victims as well as authorities concerned to provide trauma counselling sessions for the affected girls.

Also on her part, chairperson of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Mrs. Mary Izam, represented by the Vice Chairman, expressed optimism that the police would handle the matter appropriately, and advised parents to educate their children and monitor them closely so as to avoid the chances of sexual abuses.

Meanwhile, the Plateau State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of the culprit and are presently investigating an alleged case of Sexual Molestation by a foreigner, which took place on the 13th May, 2021, when a woman, Mrs. Iboro Samuel, resident at Abattoir area of Giring, Jos, reported at the Abattoir Police Out-Station that her 14-year old daughter was sexually molested by a Lebanese nNational, named Kfouri Sleiman, aged 61, resident at B/55/12 Giring Road, Abattoir.

A statement signed by the PPRO, ASP Ubah Gabriel Ogaba, and issued to news men in Jos on Tuesday said, the Lebanese was promptly arrested and brought to the Police Station.

It stated that, “In the course of preliminary investigation, the victim denied that she was molested by the suspect, but however, as the news of the arrest of the suspect spread within the locality, other seven alleged victims of the same suspect – young girls between the ages of 12 to 16 years – came forward to testify of their encounter with the suspect on various occasions and how they were allegedly molested by him.

“This led to some youths in the area taking laws into their hands and storming the residence of the suspect at the aforementioned address and that of his neighbor, another Lebanese, named Elias Karka.

“Extensive damages were done at both houses and some valuables, total value of which is yet unknown, stolen by the mob,” it noted.

The Commissioner of Police warned against the use of self-help by the public and appealed that any infractions of the law should be promptly reported to the police authority, assuring that such matters will be dealt with judiciously and transparently.

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