Monday, 19 September 2011
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Daily Time of Nigeria Report on the EVIL 5
ABSU students react to gang-rape
A female undergraduate was raped by five men who recorded it and shared the video
ARTICLE | SEPTEMBER 18, 2011 - 1:48PM | BY CHIDI OKOYE
Students of Abia State University (ABSU), Uturu, on Sunday, vowed to unravel the identities of five male students who gang-raped a female undergraduate of the institution on August 16.
The rape, which went on for an hour, was recorded by the rapists, and has been shared via mobile phones in the university, and made its way to the Internet.
In the video, the female student was raped by five males who accused her of insulting one of them. The girl struggled initially, crying and begging her assailants to get off her. The men subdued her by slapping and threatening to kill her. After a while, she gave in and begged them to kill her. The rapists laughed at her and told her that if she didn't co-operate, they would keep her in the room and continue raping her for two days.
"Initially we thought it was a fake video, until someone identified the girl in the video as a student here," said Onyekachi Ndukwe, a final year Law student of the university. "The SUG (Students Union Government) has moved into action to try to get the boys' identities, but we are not resting until those boys are discovered.
This is not the first time we are experiencing such incident. But this time, the criminals have names and we will find them. And when we do, God help them that the security men are around."
One of the rapists is said to be a 400 Level student of Law while another is an IT student. As part of their efforts to unravel the identities of the rapists, male students of the two departments have been subjected to intense scrutiny by their fellow students. Particular attention is being paid to people suspected to be members of secret cults in the university.
"Last year, a female medical student was raped as she was on her way back from night class," said a female lecturer of English Literature in the university who did not want her name published. "Such incidents have been happening and we have been frustrated by the inept security arrangements here and the unwillingness of victims to come forward. This time, hopefully, the rapists will be found and be made an example of.
A security official of the institution, who gave his name as Bowman, confirmed that they have seen the video and are investigating the development. "There is nothing in the video to prove that this happened in our campus, but we are looking into it," he said. "If these boys are here, I can assure you that we will eventually catch them."
Efforts to get an official reaction from the school authorities were unsuccessful. However, the video has reportedly been seen by Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State, and he has allegedly directed that the school authorities meet with him on Monday.
Kayode Ogundamisi is a commentator on Nigerian and international affairs, he was involved in the Nigerian pro-democracy struggle, Ogundamisi survived a trumped up charge of treasonable offence against the military government of General Babangida, he was detained in Jos prison in 1991 and released after intensive local and international campaigns against the government charging him and 12 other students before a military tribunal. Ogundamisi was a frontline member of the National Association of Nigerian Student and a former secretary general of the the University of Jos Students Union in Nigeria and the O'dua Peoples Congress.