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Teenage Girl Gang-raped for Showing No Respect

06 Dec 2011

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By  Damilola Oyedele 

Reported cases of rape and sexual molestation of women continue to rise as another girl in Bayelsa State was recently gang-raped by 10 men. Her offence: she refused to show any fear or “respect” to the leader of the gang after meeting him at the waterfront where she had gone to buy fish.

The victim (name withheld), in a live testimony at the launch of the white ribbon campaign by the Federal Ministry of Youth Development in Abuja yesterday, narrated her experience on November 15, 2011.

She stated that even though three of the men had been apprehended by the police, her family had continued to receive death threats.
Weeping, the girl disclosed that some of her family members were already pleading with her to drop the matter and settle with the family of the apprehended men.

This, they claimed, was because they could not afford more money than the N60,000 already spent for her treatment at the Federal Medical Centre in Yenagoa, and for providing “transport money” to the police.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, at the launch, called on private citizens to sponsor bills through legislators in the House to recommend stiffer punishment for rapists and examine the loopholes in existing rape laws.

Represented by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, the Speaker promised that the House would associate itself with such bills as there is an urgent necessity to ensure the protection of women and children.

He also advocated the use of religious institutions to campaign against the scourge.

The Minister of Youth Development, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, in his welcome address, lamented that the incidents of rape had continued to rise.

Speaking on the recent rape of a young girl by five men alleged to be students of Abia State University (ABSU), Abdullahi noted that the men had been able to evade arrest and prosecution because the young girl refused to press charges.

“...The victim failed to identify herself. I personally worked closely with the Human Rights Commission on the case, and when she was contacted, she denied that she was raped, so did her family. This has made it impossible to move forward with the case,” he said

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  • This issues of rape has become rampant in this our great country,haven said that i think preventive measure has to be put in place to affords reoccurance of this weak art of some dubious simpleton people in this nation. any body caught in the art of rapist should not be joke with because this issue of life and death,so government must take it seriously to protect her citizens.

    From: Mogbeyi Ajakaye

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Out of 10 men, 2 were apprehended. Where are rest? The victim pressed for charges against the rapist, n you tell us bill will be amended including its loopholes. The family of the victim still receives threat upon what has been done to there daughter. Something should be done about these or cases like these will keep occurring again if the offenders are not duely punished publicly. Save the family from threat.

    From: Jasper OAN

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Victims of rape should open up and avail the police the opportunity to apprehend offenders. Unless such victims enjoy rape. The police should be able to fully protect such people if they are willing to give every information. Finally, the society should stand up to fight totally perpetrators of this scourage called "rape". Let there be stiffer punishment for those found guilty of rape. This is animalism and cannibalism, especially this so called "gang rape".

    From: Okorie Chukwuemeka

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Imagine how wrecked people can be.. Let Govt do something about that girl's case and d threat receive by the family. Let them be given proper security.

    From: Dare Fadare

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Dear Minister, the question begging for answer about the rebuff of the girl is allegedly gang-raped by ABSU Students is "why would a victim of rape and gross personal injury refuse help for succour even with support of your high government office" Perhaps, she has no confidence in the Nation's security and judicial systems. And that is very fundamental. A good cause to rethink the structure and effectiveness of governance in Nigeria. This girl is in the majority of Nigerians who when they suffer injustice will rather leak their wounds in the secret for lack of confidence, trust and conviction they will receive succour from any public office/officer. And the matter should not be personal intervention but sustainable institution/systems.

    From: Femi

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Nigeria you have continued to deteriorate and police you have continued to stink. So a victim of a crime will also be victim of exploitation by police in the like of giving police transport money every time. Can you imagine what the transport money will look like each time? No wonder many victims resulting to all sorts of unorthodox ways to settle score!

    From: TheSage4u

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I have three issues with all of this.To begin with ,how can police men be asking for transport fares from victims in Bayelsa state. What is the state government doing in terms of augmenting the wellfare of the police. Security I am proud to say is much better in Lagos. Secondly how come the 3 men apprehended have not been able to produce the rest. Lastly we should not be hearing that the girls family is being threatened, what is the police doing about that?

    From: Ladipo

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I have 3 issues with all of this.To begin with ,how can police men be asking for transport fares from victims in Bayelsa state.What is the state govt doing in terms of augmenting the wellfare of the police.Security I am proud to say is much better in Lagos.Secondly how come the 3 men apprehended have not been able to produce the rest. Lastly we should not be hearing that the girls family is being threatened, what is the police doing abt that?

    From: Ladipo

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The Speaker recognises loopholes in curent legislation and implores private citizens to seek these out and propose changes. While it is great that there is this provision is it not the job of legislators to address this? Is this not why you are getting paid globally competitive salaries and allowances? An issue of such severity is being left to chance while the legislators find the energy to focus on homosexual relationships etc.... How do you define your priorities??

    From: Eka

    Posted: 2 years ago

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