A source within the command who revealed the alleged crime to SaharaReporters said that Bala, an Assistant Superintendent of Narcotics, intentionally got his best friend and colleague, simply identified as ‘Peter’s fiancée’, drunk and raped her in his (Bala) house.
The source told SaharaReporters that Bala and Peter are best of friends, coursemates and rank mates in the command and that they always go out together to have drinks and relax whenever they are off duty, sometimes alongside Peter’s fiancée.
According to the source, Peter’s fiancée doesn’t drink alcohol because it dulls her senses and Bala is fully aware of her inability to withstand alcohol.
The source said, “Peter took his annual leave and travelled to Abuja for his annual leave, leaving his fiancée behind. Then on Tuesday, June 6, 2023, Peter’s fiancée came to the quarters (where both Peter and Bala live but not in the same house) to clean Peter’s room, as usual, to avoid the room being dusty.
“After cleaning the room, she was about to leave when she decided to go to Bala’s room to greet him as her fiancé’s best friend. When she entered Bala’s room, she met Bala drinking and smoking inside his room.
“After exchanging pleasantries, she wanted to go, then Bala offered her drinks but she told Bala that he knows she doesn’t have the brain to take alcohol but Bala told her not to worry. He said she should take it and even if she gets drunk, he would take her to Peter’s room to sleep.
“At that point, she felt relaxed and collected the drink from Bala and drank it. Immediately after she finished taking the drink, Bala put on music from MP4 and raised the volume to the highest level and both of them started dancing.
“At this point, she was no longer in her normal sense as the drink Bala gave to her had started to affect her. Bala realised that she was no longer in her right mind due to the alcohol he gave her, then he took advantage of her being drunk and had sex with her.”
The source explained that Peter’s fiancée slept off in Bala’s room and woke up at exactly 12:20 am to find herself naked, and when she checked her private parts, she discovered that Bala had had carnal knowledge of her without her consent.
“She immediately took her phone to call Peter but Bala started begging her not to inform anybody about what happened.
“Bala knowing full well that she has a light brain towards alcohol induced her, raped her and above all, betrayed his best friend Peter. These are some of the reasons why you hear of accidental discharge in the military and paramilitary if such things are not properly handled.
“My prayer is that the management of NDLEA should investigate such crime and if found guilty, the officer involved is adequately disciplined to serve as a deterrent to other men in uniform that use their positions to commit such crimes because the matter has been reported to the command but they are trying to cover it up,” the source said.
When SaharaReporters got in touch with the spokesperson for the command, Abdul Maiyaki, he didn’t confirm or deny it.
“I am presently out of the station, but promise to get back to you as soon as possible, thanks,” he said.
He had yet to get back at the time of filing this report.