A chieftain of the All Progressives Grand Alliance has allegedly raped a 15-year-old girl in Benue State a few days after she had surgery.
The ugly incident occurred in the Otukpo Local Government Area of the state and was announced by some elders of the Otada community under the aegis of the Otada Elders’ Council.
In a statement, the elders regretted that the victim had to suffer the terrible experience at the hands of the rapist who fled shortly after the occurrence.
They urged the police and other security operatives to fish out the culprit so that he could face the law.
Part of the statement reads:
All rape is evil, damaging and unforgivable, but the rape of a girl child, who just survived a major operation, is not only the worst form of rape, but one of the most heinous crimes anyone can commit.
The deterrence of such a crime depends on the capacity and the seriousness with which the case is investigated and prosecuted. We, therefore, appeal that urgent intervention be made by the police area commander to ensure justice in this case.
We call on the political and security agencies to fish out the suspect and bring him to justice and to devise effective strategies to check the growing menace of sexual assault in Benue State.”
The victim is said to be recuperating at the General Hospital in Otukpo.
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