Abia State University gang rape video causes nationwide rage- Video

// Headline | Abia State University gang rape video causes nationwide rage- Video
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font
ABSU campus. Inset: The victim (picture obtained from the video)

The Abia State University gang rape video hit the Internet on Wednesday, August 17. Since then, the rage it generated nationwide has grown by leaps and bounds.

Citizens, non-governmental organizations and a minister have called on security agencies to unmask the five male students who raped a female student of the university.

But while the security agencies dawdle, Nigerians have taken it upon themselves to fish out the five unidentified young men involved in the rape.

The video, which PUNCH METRO watched on Monday, shows five laughing young men having brutal sex with a helpless female.

While the face of the girl could be seen, the faces of the men in the clip are blurred. The lady begged to be either left alone or killed, but the men threatened to detain her indefinitely in the room if she resisted. The incident supposedly took place on Tuesday, August 16.

But while the police, the school authorities and the state government have denied the report, a growing number of Internet users have launched initiatives to unmask the rapists and help the victim.

The search and reward

An Internet site, ipetition.com, is asking Nigerians to help investigate the incident by sending helpful tips and other information to it.

A blog, /okshorty1.wordpress.com, has offered N200,000 for information that could lead to the identification of the five rapists. The blogger wrote, “We all heard about the heinous rape of a young girl purportedly carried out by five students of the university. The supposed students made a video of the crime which eventually made its way to the Internet. People have expressed outrage at the rape but few could do anything about it.

“So, I decided to offer a financial reward to anyone who could provide information that would lead to the arrest of the suspects. A few other Twitter friends who were as incensed as I was are also helping. For the sake of their privacy, I won’t mention their names.

“So, if you have any information that can lead to the arrest and prosecution of all five suspects please send an email to info@einigeria.org. The identity of anyone who provides such information will be protected. The reward for providing this information is N200,000. You can read the tweet at my Twitter handle @OKshorty1. Together we can make a difference.”

A rights group, Change.org, posted a link asking people to sign an online petition for justice to be done in the matter. The link is: http://www.change.org/petitions/find-these-five-men-and-bring-them-to-justice.

Nearly all those who have watched the video have expressed indignation. A comment left on a popular blog says, “And do you know what her offence was, why this girl was violated? She supposedly insulted one of the boys. In the violation video, which lasts for over an hour, the girl cried her eyes out and tried to fight them off in the first few minutes, after a while they subdued her by slapping her, rough handling her, threatening to kill her and having rough sex with her. After a while she gave in instead of fighting.

“Then, she starts mentioning names, and in between, you will hear her scream out in pain as one guy stands up and another penetrates her, and all the while, these boys are laughing.”

Another blogger, who identified himself as Nnajiofor, wrote, “I watched the video here in UNIBEN. From their discussion, the girl seemed to know about three of the boys. Let government encourage her to come out and fish out those fools and ragamuffins.”

But another blogger, Emmanuel, took a different position. He wrote, “I have no comment but questions. Was she dragged to the room or forced? We watched the video here in Imo and from the look of things she willingly went to their house. It is assumed nobody was present when she insulted the guys, so how sure are we it was an insult? I am not in support of the rape but I need the true story of what led to the rape.”

But in response to Emmanuel’s questions, a blogger, Tolulope Bada, wrote, “Mr. Emmanuel, are all those reasons you listed above enough to commit that sadistic animalist act? Imagine for a second that the lady in question were your sister, niece, cousin or daughter! Be objective in your criticisms.”

Many Nigerians have expressed hopes that the names mentioned by the victim, in the video, would lead to the rapists. The rapists let out their names inadvertently as they called out to one another to take their turns. The names called out are Uchenna, Wisdom, Zaki, Chisom and Ifeanyi (or Ugbanyi) all believed to be students of ABSU, Uturu. Also, one of the rapists boasted he was a Part 4 Law student of the university , while another revealed he was on industrial attachment.

Ministers, others react

Although the video has caught the attention of government, observers say it has not moved fast enough. Only the Minister of Youth Development, Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi, appears to have given the incident the attention it deserves, watchers say. The minister posted on Twitter that he had spoken to ABSU Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Chibuzor Ogbuagu, and the state police command on the matter.

Abdullahi, who said he contacted the VC on the telephone,tweeted, “Just spoke with VC ABSU. He was categorical that it did not happen in his university. He challenges the authencity of the story.”

Abdullahi said he had also spoken with the Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade (retd.), and got assurances that the police would investigate the incident.

“Just spoke with Hon. Min of Police Affairs who is now speaking with IG on the ABSU gang rape case. Justice will be done!” he said.

Meanwhile, female rights activists have started mobilising for a protest walk in ABSU’s main campus in Uturu on Wednesday. They said they would like the university authorities to act decisively on the matter.

All through Monday, there were claims and counter-claims on social media on whether the incident actually happened in ABSU.

Denials and revelation

The Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bala Hasan, who spoke to our correspondent on the telephone on Monday, said the incident did not take place in the state. He said the crime was committed in one of the hostels of the university located in Imo State.

The police boss explained the offence was not documented by his command because the scene of the crime was not within his area of jurisdiction.

He said the British Broadcasting Corporation had called him on the incident. He said, “I told them that the crime is not in my record. The incident did not take place in Abia. It must have happened in Imo State. You know some hostels belonging to the university are located in Imo State.”

Our correspondents tried to reach the Commissioner of Police, Imo State Police Command, Mr. Abubakar Mohammed, to speak on the incident but he was unavailable.

The police commissioner’s line was switched off when one of our correspondents called at about 6.20pm on Monday.

However, a statement issued by the Abia State Government through the Special Adviser to the Governor on E-Governance, Mr. Nnaji Asiegbu, on Monday, denied claims that the video emanated from the school.

It reads, “The Abia State Government has carried out an investigation on this matter and the truth is that, the alleged video never emanated from the university.

“The victim and the perpetrators are not students of Abia State University. Those associating ABSU with such barbaric video should please desist from such.”

But the convener of Project Alert, a gender-based human rights group, Dr. Josephine Chukwuma, flayed the government’s claims that neither the perpetrators nor the victim were students of the school.

She said, “If you watched the video, you will see that though it showed the girl’s face clearly, the rapists carefully covered their own faces. So, how can the government for sure say, the boys are not students of the university?

“The onus is now on the police to conduct their own investigation and tell Nigerians and women especially the truth. The video is a complete debasement of womanhood and should not be dismissed without proper investigation.”

Chukwuma said the number of cases of violence and sexual assault on women was increasing drastically, adding that the police needed to be more serious with such cases.

Tagged : Inspector General of Police, Prince Harry Nude Photos

Headlines Newsview all

Ugandan Girl Stabs Her Nigerian Boyfriend In The Face For Cheating On Her

A Nigerian man named Epa is currently fighting for his life in a hospital in Malaysia. According to the story circulating from Uganda, his alleged ... Full story

Police arrest pastor at cemetery over alleged rituals

Asaba – The Police in Delta said they had arrested a pastor of one of the Pentecostal churches in the state at a cemetery in ...

Peter Christopher, 48, Rapes Girl, 8, Offers Her Family N25,000 As Compensation

An eight-year-old girl has narrated how she was allegedly raped by their 48-year-old neighbour, Mr. Peter Christopher, one afternoon in the building her family shared ... Full story

Female Suicide Bomber Arrested In Cameroon (Photos)

Cameroon military have recorded massive successes as they have reportedly foiled two major bomb attacks.  Earlier, we gave you a report of a female suicide bomber ... Full story

Giant Snake Found At Daniella Okeke’s House

The actress said the massive snake was found at her backyard yesterday. I think that surrounding needs a little weeding. That plants surrounding the building ... Full story

Ex-Lawmaker Jailed 7 Years Jail For Drug Trafficking

A former member of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Missa Bobbo, and a notorious drug baron, Bappa Madu, of Ngurore town have been sentenced ... Full story

Notorious, Cold Hearted Kidnapper Kills 7 Including His GirlFriend In One Day

On Saturday, February 16, 2013, Henry Chibueze, a notorious kidnapper terrorizing South East and South South parts of the country, stormed the home of his ... Full story

We Live Like Rats, Yet Nigerians Citizens Want Us To Be Their Friends - Nigerian Policemen

He was drenched with sweat by the time he wriggled himself through the narrow entrance of his room into the passageway. Looking very depressed and ... Full story

Nollywood Actress, Gloria Young Causes Scene At Bank

Popular actress, Gloria Young, is currently not a happy customer. The iconic actress was recently spotted at a bank where she created a scene and ... Full story

Generator Repairer Stabbed To Death By Scavenger

A 19-year-old scrap metal scavenger, Mohammed Bello, is in custody of the Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba, Lagos for allegedly stabbing a generator repairer, Taiwo ... Full story

MJ's Famous White Sequined Glove Sells At Auction For £41,000

A sequined glove worn by Michael Jackson has been sold at auction for a whopping $64,000. Bidding for the iconic fashion piece started at $20,000, around ... Full story

Comment on: Abia State University gang rape video causes nationwide rage- Video

Rate this article

2.80

Breaking News

DIVORCE MESS - Emeka Ike’s wife insists on separation

Emeka Ike now seems to be living out his life in courts. From the eviction court tussle with his landlord over the property on which ...

Read What Transpired Between A Female Photographer And VP Osinbajo During A Recent Encounter

An online user had nothing other than praises after his encounter with the vice president -prof Yemi Oinbajo...The message was posted on Instagram by a ...

Photos from Mavin Performance at NBA Event in SA

Mavin Records acts, Don Jazzy, Reekado Banks and Korede Bello were part of the African music stars that performed at the historic NBA exhibition contest ...

I Will Enhance My Body to Look Good…Sean Tizzle

Nigerian singer, Oluwaseun Morinhafen, also known as Sean Tizzle, in a recent interview has denied gossips making the rounds that he had changed the colour ...

My Wife Didn’t Like Our Son’s Music Career - Femi Falana

Music sensation, Falz, is enjoying every moment in the spotlight but before he got there, he had to cross some hurdles at home. Saturday Beats ...

My Mum Always Warned Me About Women - Mike Godson

In a recent interview with The Entertainer, fast rising Nollywood actor, Mike Godson revealed one of his best kept advices from his mum. The Imo ...

Checkout What Actress, Moji Olaiya Invested Several Millions On

Nollywood actress, Moji OLaiya, has joined the train of entertainers who are investing their money wisely to diversify into other businesses. Rather than remain dependent on ...

Omotola Jalade Causes Stare With Outfit (Photos)

Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade, is really making a lot of men to salivate with her beauty which continues to radiate as the day goes by. The ...

Naira Has Recovered In Black Market, Checkout New Rate

Relief has come for individuals who are looking to change currency in the black market as the rate of naira to a dollar increased yesterday, ... Full story

Mario Balotelli's Liverpool Career Is Over

Mario Balotelli's career might be finally over at Anfield as he has been left out of trainings and tour.  Mario Balotellli's career in Liverpool may just ... Full story