I know a good number of Nigerians are not particularly fond of our politicians and others walking the corridors of power because we feel they could do waaay better than they do. No doubt.
However, the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has thrown himself right in the thick of the fray in a rape case where the 18 year old victim committed suicide after being gang raped by three men. I am not sure in what capacity he wants to be involved or how really he hopes to assist but as a rather powerful politician I have a funny feeling this aint just empty words on his part and believe he means well and could pull some serious strings to make sure the perpetrators are found and prosecuted.
That said, I wish more of such powerful men would take an equal stand to issues of rape and domestic violence. I also wish we had a justice system so seamless that you don’t really need any powerful people intervening in any matter for justice to be served. But well….
I borrowed the story from Linda Ikeji’s blog.
The Spokesman of the state Police Command, Mr Alex Akhigbe, told newsmen in Yenagoa that the girl killed herself in Amarata, Yenagoa, Local Government Area of Bayelsa, southern Nigeria.
“I believe the deceased decided to hang herself due to the attendant shame and stigmatisation she experienced after the rape incident,” Akhigbe said.
He said that the command had launched investigation into the alleged rape charges filed by the deceased family.
One of the family members, who pleaded for anonymity, said that the girl was reportedly gang-raped last week.
“She was on errand for her elder sister and was allegedly raped at gun point by three boys who forced her into an uncompleted building.
“The girl was devastated after the incident.
“After some days she told her sister and the husband her experience. Her sister’s husband who is a Pastor, asked her to describe any of her attacker.
“She described one of the boys, but the boy could not be found; I believe Pastor counselled her (the victim).
“The pastor has promised to pursue the matter to the court.
“She swallowed a poisonous substance known as Sniper and she was discovered while groaning in pains and rushed to GloryLand Hospital.
“The victim was discovered through the note she dropped before taking the poisonous substance,” the source said.