A 21-year-old orphan, name withheld is currently nursing her injuries in an undisclosed medical facility following complications she incurred as a result of alleged forceful sexual intercourse and gang rape by randy men numbering about eight on 15th July, 2019 in Amaokoro community, Bende local government area of Abia State.
Narrating her ordeal to ABN TV, the visibly traumatized victim said trouble started when she boarded a bike, popularly known as okada from Amaorji community to Amaokoro to pick nylon bag to package her local drinks called soya bean.
The okada man whose name was given as Okorie Nomoreless on reaching an uncompleted building near a primary school along the road allegedly parked his bike and went into the building after telling the victim to wait for him for a while with the promise of coming back after picking something from his house.
According to the unsuspecting victim, her apprehension rose when the okada man came back with a group of boys numbering about six.
“I didn’t have anything in mind. There were houses around there. I said maybe those people are living around there or working around those place so I relaxed my mind.
“They came closer to me and dragged me to the house, they were seven in number together with the okada man before the last person came and joined them. They undressed me and raped me.” She narrated.
Even with her loud screaming, she regretted that help never came her way, instead the rapists came down on her heavily.
“When we were in the room, as I was screaming, one of them we know as Sunday Ogbadimkpa flogged me with cutlass on my back, and the the other one, Ikechukwu Zaki flogged me with cutlass on my leg asking me, why I was screaming.
“He said that they were eighteen in number that raped a girl in a previous day” she added.
“After they were done, they gave me back my phone that they seized. They soaked my clothes inside a bowl of water. I collected my clothes and dressed up.” she said.
She revealed that the okada man who facilitated her gang rape also took her back home before she raised the alarm and called the youths of her community on the alleged rape.
She gave names of others that took part in the festival of rape to include Lekwauwa aka Anyu from Amankalu community, Sunday Ogbadimkpa from Amaukwoalu, Anyaele, Okechukwu Zaki from Amankwualu, Isaiah from Amankwualu and Paul from Amankwualu.
She insisted that only justice can assuage her pain, calling on women groups and right activists to come to her aid.
Reacting to the incident, the president general of Amankalu Alayi development union, His Honour, Elijah Amaonwu Kalu expressed anger over the alleged tape and assault on their daughter, maintaining that any legal means will be exploited to serve justice on the accused and victim.
“Mainly looking at me you will see that I am grieved and so much angry. On the 15th of this month I was called on phone by the community youth chairman when he said, Mr. President, something has happened. He told me that a group of guys has raped our sister. That our sister was on her way to the market when some guys hijacked her and raped her I was worried that how could gang rape happen in our community? “Hon. Elijah said.
“Proactive steps was taken in order to apprehend the suspects that carried out the act. Unfortunately, some of them ran away, and we were able to get only two of the boys out of the eight of them.
“I had to stop at the police station and met with the DPO, I told the DPO what was happening, he said okay if we need their assistance to come into the community to arrest these boys, they will come. He did not hesitate, he went down there with his men and took those two persons we caught. It is unfortunate that a gang rape will happen in our community. We are not leaving any stone unturned in this matter. We have two that participated in this act and we also other two persons that had participated in another rape before this one.”
He also pleaded for the assistance from the government.
“As a community, we cannot handle this thing alone, the problem is not the problem of Amankalu Alayi it is the problem of the society. We want the society to help us to see that these people are been brought to book. None of them should go unpunished. Whatever the law states, they should go in for it. Let justice prevail.” Hon. Elijah said.
Meanwhile, the doctors treating the victim assured ABN TV that efforts are being made to ensure that she does not have any medical complications in the future since the accused persons are not available to medical check up.
The arrested suspects are currently cooling off in the police custody pending the completion of investigation when they will be charged to court.
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