by Kaanayo Nwachukwu
1. Ifeanyi Justin Ogu
2. Jonah Uche (final or extra year accountancy)
3. Zaki (resides in Duberville Lodge, ABSU)
Five male students of the Abia State University (sadly my alma mater) raped a young female student August 16. Sources say the victim insulted one of her rapists who then decided to teach her a lesson of her life.
In the rape video, which lasted well over an hour, the girl could be seen trying to fight off these animals-in-human-skin. When her efforts proved abortive amidst beatings, she resorted to pleading with them to spare her; but her pleas fell on deaf ears. And when she could not take the excruciating pain any longer, she begged them to kill her, instead of let her live with the stigma our society would pile on top of her already horrendous trauma. As she pleaded with them, the boys laughed and mocked her, asking her to ‘co-operate’ or face two more days of torture by rape.
Rape at ABSU has become a steady occurrence. Most victims of this ungodly act would rather keep mum over the incident than report it and face stigmatisation from the society. So far, there are over 1,356,662 downloads of the rape video.
In the video, the girl’s face is clearly seen but the faces of the five boys remain blurred. One could clearly hear them speak Igbo and English plus refer to each other by names; for instance, one of the rapists said, “Wisdom don dey talk now.” Other names the rapists called themselves during the ‘operation’ include: Chisom, Zaki, Uchenna. Zaki even bragged to the victim, “Do you know who Zaki is?” The fifth name is a little muffled but sounded very much like Ifeanyi. One of them identified himself as a 400 level law student, while another claims to be studying IT or Information Technology.
And one of them has a car…Whereas, the federal government of Nigeria has vowed to bring these bastards to justice, -governor of Abia State – T. A. Orji – and his cabinet want to sweep this matter under the carpet by denying that the incident happened or occurred at ABSU…PLEASE, folks, let’s take matters into our own hands and do T. A. Orji’s job for him by helping bring the culprits of this crime to justice, using any means necessary: blog, Twitter, Facebook, etcetera.
These beasts are known. That the Abia State officials want to sweep this matter under the carpet clearly shows that these cowards are the children of Igbo’s men of timber and calibre. Please, let us put pressure to bear on them to ensure this innocent young woman gets the justice she deserves. Let people cast fear to the wind and come forward with information that would lead to the prosecution of these idiots…Remember, this innocent student could have been anyone’s sister or relative.
And yes, we can do it!