Po­lice Launch In­ves­ti­ga­tion into Death of Teenager Raped to Death by Neigh­bour­hood Thugs

THISDAY - - CRIME & PUNISHMENT - Chiemelie Ezeobi

The Lagos State Po­lice Com­mand yes­ter­day said it had com­menced in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the death of a teenager who was raped to death by some neigh­bour­hood thugs at the Abule Ado area of the state.

The 14-year-old Obia­maka Orak­wue, an SSS II stu­dent, died after she was gagged and raped in her par­ent’s res­i­dence while her entire family was sleep­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the teenager was asleep in her room when the yet-to-be iden­ti­fied sus­pects bro­ken into their apart­ment and gagged her to pre­vent her from scream­ing and wak­ing the other oc­cu­pants of the house.

After vi­ciously hav­ing their way with her in turns, the sus­pects were said to have smashed her head with a stone.

Al­though ini­tial re­ports had claimed the de­ceased was mur­dered by some boys whose ad­vances she re­buffed, the family yes­ter­day said was far from the truth.

Ac­cord­ing to them, they had wo­ken up that morn­ing and while pre­par­ing for the day’s ac­tiv­i­ties, they went to the de­ceased’s room to wake her up, only to find her in a pool of her own blood.

After rais­ing an alarm, the family went gone to the Abule Ado Po­lice Sta­tion and some po­lice­men were sent to the house to as­cer­tain things them­selves.

After the pre­lim­i­nary ques­tion­ing of the family mem­bers and neigh­bours, as well as an on-the-spot as­sess­ment of the bro­ken win­dow and de­stroyed bur­glary, the corpse was taken away.

As the family still bat­tle with the death of their daugh­ter in cold blood, the in­abil­ity of the po­lice to nab the cul­prits five days after the in­ci­dent hap­pened, has been like an open sore that has re­fused to heal.

Al­ready, some ac­tivists have taken up the clar­ion call to en­sure that the po­lice rise up to their re­spon­si­bil­ity and fish out the cul­prits, who are said to re­side in that same com­mu­nity.

Women and girl child’s rights ac­tivist, Es­ther Ijew­ere, is one of those who has taken up the mat­ter and is de­mand­ing jus­tice for the de­ceased us­ing the hash­tag #Jus­tice4ObiA­maka.

To pro­pel the se­cu­rity agen­cies to ac­tion, she said a peace­ful sit-down protest would on Thurs­day, Au­gust 3, be held at the gov­er­nor’s of­fice at the sec­re­tar­iat in Alausa.

She said: “As we re­joice and thank God for the re­lease of the six Ig­bonla boys, let us re­mem­ber our young girls that are be­ing raped and trau­ma­tised.

“The lat­est vic­tim is 14-year-old Obia­maka Orakwe, an SS2 stu­dent, who was right in her home raped and killed. Her killers must be found.

“A lot of our young girls would be at home alone dur­ing this va­ca­tion. We need to keep them safe.

“Do join the peace­ful sit­down protest on Thurs­day, Au­gust 3, 2017 in front of the Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice Alausa from 8.30a.m. -11a.m. It is the only way to en­sure the se­cu­rity forces fish out the cul­prits.”

When con­tacted, the state Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Olarinde Fa­mous-Cole, an As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice, con­firmed the in­ci­dent, adding that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched de­spite the con­flict­ing re­ports they got on the in­ci­dent.

He said: “The in­for­ma­tion got­ten for the divi­sional po­lice of­fi­cer of Abule Ado is that they were all sleep­ing at night and when they woke up in the morn­ing for her to take her bath and they saw her in a pool of her blood with in­jury in the head.

“Re­gard­less of the dif­fer­ent tale of the event, we are sad­dled with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of ar­rest­ing the cul­prits.”

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