“The Abia State Police Commissioner confirmed that arrests were made but the suspects had been released after questioning.”
The men arrested over the gang-rape of a girl in Abia state have been released.
The Abia State Police Commissioner, Bala Hassan, confirmed that arrests were made but the suspects had been released after questioning as they convinced the police that they were not the people mentioned in the video and knew nothing about the gang rape.
Hassan said the police was handicapped in investigating the incident because the victim was yet to report the incident to the police. “If we had seen her, we would question her, play the video footage and see if she can identify the suspects.
For now, it is pretty difficult for us to fish out the culprits because it is only the girl that can be of immense help. We are still urging the public to furnish us with genuine information on this case so that the police can make a breakthrough,” Hassan said.
There has been global outcry over the alleged rape incident as “The Gang Rape” video has become an online hit.
In this horrendous movie, the face of the girl is clearly seen, while those of the male characters could hardly be identified; the audio is clear and the script delivered in Igbo and English languages.
The rapists are heard referring to each other by name, one of them saying, “Wisdom don dey talk now.” Other mentioned names were Chisom, Zaki, and 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 claimed to be studying IT or Information Technology.
The girl could be seen trying to fight off her attackers. When her efforts failed amid beatings, she resorted to pleading but her pleas fell on deaf ears. And when she could not take the excruciating pain any longer, she begged to be killed rather than live with the stigma of the incident all her life.
As she pleaded with them, the young men laughed and mocked her, asking her to ‘co-operate’ or face two more days of torture by rape.
By Nkechi Opurum