Police launch investigation into death of teenager raped to death
• Girl-child’s rights group leads sit-down protest to Governor’s Office on Thursday
The Lagos State Police Command yesterday said it has launched an investigation into the death of a teenager, who was raped to death by some neighbourhood thugs at the Abule Ado area of the state.
The 14-year-old Obiamaka Orakwue, a Senior Secondary School (SSS) two student died after she was gagged and raped in her parent’s residence while the entire family slept.
According to reports, the teenager was asleep in her room when the yet-to-be identified suspects broke into their apartment and gagged her to prevent her screams from waking the other occupants of the house.
After viciously having their way with her in turns, the suspects were said to have smashed her to death by hitting her head with a stone.
Although initial reports had claimed the deceased was murdered by some boys whose advances she rebuffed, the family yesterday said that was far from the truth.
According to them, they had woken up that morning and while preparing for the day’s activities had gone to the deceased’s room to wake her up, only to find her in a pool of her own blood.
After raising an alarm, the family had gone to the Abule Ado Police Station and some policemen were sent to the house to ascertain things themselves.
After questioning of the family members and neighbours, as well as an on-the-spot assessment of the broken window and destroyed burglary, the body was taken away.
As the family still battle with the death of their daughter in cold blood, the inability of the police to nab the culprits five days after the incident happened, has been like an open sore that has refused to heal.
Already, some activists have taken up the clarion call to ensure that the police rose up to their responsibility and fish out the culprits, who are said to reside in that same community.
Women and girl child’s rights activist, Esther Ijewere, is one of those, who has taken up the matter and is demanding justice for the deceased using the hashtag #Justice4ObiAmaka.
To propel the security agencies to action, she said a peaceful sit-down protest would on Thursday, August 3, be held at the governor’s office in Alausa, Ikeja.
She said: “As we rejoice and thank God for the release of the six Igbonla boys, let us remember our young girls that are being raped and traumatised. The latest victim is Obiamaka Orakwe, who was right in her home raped and killed. Her killers must be found. A lot of our young girls would be at home alone during this vacation. We need to keep them safe.”
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed the incident, adding that an investigation has been launched despite the conflicting reports they got about it.
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