The police in Anambra state has arrested six boys for allegedly gang-raping a 19-year-old girl in Anam, Anambra West Local Government Area (LGA) of Anambra State.
Confirming the arrest, the state Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare, Ify Obinabo, said the victim had been rescued. She said the suspects identified as Afam Ezenwa, Chijioke Ifeanyi, Collins Obadom, Abuchi Okechukwu, Chima Obiekezie and Sunday Okafor were arrested following a viral video.
Obinabo said the case had been transferred to the Police Criminal Investigative Department in Awka from where they would be charged.
Narrating her ordeal, the victim said;
“It all happened when I visited my maternal home in Oramaetiti and was ambushed by a group of young boys who took me to a room and took turns in defiling me. Despite my plea, the boys who were between the ages of 16,17,18,20 and 27 years old respectively did not stop but continued while one of them was filming me during the act,” she said.
The devastated rape survivor further revealed that she was attacked by another set of boys after she was rescued by neighbours who were attracted by her scream for help.
“After my rescue and was returning home, I was accosted by another set of boys who first harassed me and forced me to pull my underwear and give it to them. I gave them because they threatened to kill me,” she added
She however revealed that she was later taken home to her parents by a good Samaritan.
Also speaking, the victim’s parent who pleaded anonymity, said their daughter was third victim of the suspects who they said were known for raping girls and collecting their pants which usually led to the victims’ death after a period of time.
“We urge the government take the case seriously because our daughter’s life is at risk especially now we are yet to retrieve her personal effect,” the distraught parents pleaded