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Family of rape victim cries out, says suspects after our lives


Lolo Ayaba

Few weeks after the case of gang- rape was reported to the police at Ijede divisional police headquarters, Ikorodu, Lagos, none of the four suspects involved in the gang rape of the 15-year-old victim has been arrested.

The suspects identified as Doku Ojo, Olawale Ojo and two others allegedly attacked, gagged and gang- raped the victim while coming back from an errand on January 24, 2019 at Gberige area in Ikorodu.

Newsbeats gathered that while raping the victims, the suspects recorded the act with their phone video and threatened to kill her and upload it on social media if she tells anyone.

Intimidated by the suspect’s threats, the victim refused to narrate her ordeal to her parents.

It was learned that when the burden became unbearable, the victim opened up to her close friend in church.

Family of rape victim cries out, says suspects after our lives
Family of rape victim cries out, says suspects after our lives

According to the victim, I was attacked by the suspects while running an errand for my father at about 5pm on 24 January, 2019. They gagged and raped me one after the other. They also used their phone to video the act. I didn’t tell my family because I was scared as they threatened to kill me. They said they will upload the video if I open up to anyone. But when I could not keep it to myself anymore, I had to open up to a friend in the church. It was my friend that talked to a family member who informed my parents.”

Newsbeats learned that the victim was taken to Ijede General Hospital in Ikorodu and the medical reports confirmed that she was raped.

Victim’s father speaks

“My daughter was scared because they threatened her. She did not tell anybody what happened to her. I was at home when a relative and few church members came with my daughter to see me. They told we what happened to my daughter. After questioning her, we went straight to the police to report the case. However, when the police went to the main suspect’s house, they arrested his elder brother but his father attacked the policemen and during the process, the suspect escaped.

Consequently, the police arrested the suspect’s father and elder brother for assault. Later, his father was released while his elder brother was arraigned in court. After meeting his bail condition, he was released. Now the family of the main suspect is threatening to deal with me and my family if we don’t withdrew the case. They also attacked and beat up my son.

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No member of the suspect’s family has come to the house to find out how we have being able to pay the medical bills.”

Reacting to the development the Executive Director Noprin, Okechukwu Nwaguma called on Lagos State Commissioner of Police to order the immediate arrest of the culprits and all those involved in the assault on police officers and obstruction of police investigation and justice in the heinous crime.

“The case should be transferred to the Gender unit of state command for proper investigation and prosecution,” he stated.


 

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