The Anambra State Government claimed to have saved a 19-year-old woman who had reportedly been subjected to gang rape by six guys in the state’s Anam, Anambra West Local Government Area.
On Saturday, Mrs. Ify Obinabo, the state’s commissioner for women’s issues and social welfare, informed reporters that the suspects had been taken into custody.
The suspects detained are Sunday Okafor, 27, Afam Ezenwa, 17, Chijioke Ifeanyi, 20, Collins Obadom, 18, and Abuchi Okechukwu, 16.
According to Obinabo, the matter has been forwarded to the state criminal investigating division of the Police for additional inquiry.
“We decided to intervene and follow up on the case when we saw the viral video of the 19-year-old girl who was allegedly gang-raped by six boys in Anam,” she added.
“The victim was saved, and the suspects were equally apprehended in cooperation with the police. They will be subject to the full force of the law, the ministry will see to it.
The commissioner bemoaned the high percentage of criminal activity among delinquents and urged guardians and parents to give priority to raising their kids and wards.
She gave the victim and her family her word that Gov. Chukwuma Soludo’s government would see to it that justice was done in order to dissuade offenders.
The witness described how she went to her mother’s house in Oramaetiti, Anam, and was accosted by many lads who led her to a room and alternately raped her.
“Despite my pleas, they persisted in enjoying their sexual fulfillment as one of them recorded the interaction.
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They forced me to remove my pants and give it to them; I did so because they threatened to murder me if I didn’t.
After I described what had happened to a good Samaritan, she subsequently drove me to her parent’s house, the woman said.
The rape victim’s mother, who begged to remain anonymous, said that her daughter would become the third victim of the rape suspects in the neighborhood.
“Those males are notorious for raping ladies and taking their trousers, which generally causes the victims to pass away after some time.
My daughter’s life is at risk, especially now that they haven’t found her pants, therefore we’re asking the state government to take the situation seriously, the woman added.