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“How my father hired vigilante to rape me”

By Nwakanma OWHONDAH, Port Harcourt

A 21 year old lady who gave her name as Miss Precious, has narrated her ordeal  to the Rivers State Police Command on how her biological father allegedly invited some members of vigilante group popularly known as ‘Diobu OSPAC’ to torture her and her two brothers.

The young woman narrated that the vigilante members came to their house in the Mile 3 axis of Port Harcourt, allegedly kidnapped and later sexually assaulted her while she and her brothers were in their custody.

The Telescope Nigeria gathered that after the victims were freed the next day, the lady and her two brothers, Jesse and David quickly lodged a complaint at the Nkpolu Divisional Police Headquarters on their alleged abduction from their house on April 11, 2020 by members of the vigilante and subsequent detention at the office of the security personnel.

Following the complaint by the victims, the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, of the station invited the leaders of the vigilante group and they were detained at the station after they honoured the invitation. The father of the victims was also invited but he denied that he invited the vigilante members to torture his children.

But, narrating their ordeal in the hands of the vigilante members, Miss Precious who spoke for herself and her two brothers disclosed that on that fateful day at about 8pm, the vigilante members led by one Godstime Ihunwo allegedly on the order of her father invaded their house and took them away.

Miss Precious stated that upon arrival to the office of the vigilante group, she was stripped naked and placed in a separate room from her brothers. She said the vigilante members subjected her to severe torture and also inserted their fingers in her private part, that they want to ascertain if she was still a virgin.

She told the police that the local security personnel also took video of her nakedness.

The 21 year old lady hinted that the vigilante members after beating them thoroughly, shaved her hairs and that of her brothers before they were released the next day Sunday April 12, 2020.

She explained that she was admitted in the hospital for four days after the vigilante group released them from their detention.

She further revealed that the vigilante personnel reportedly told her brothers that it is their father who reported them to the group that they stole his money and are also disrespectful to him.

The matter has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for proper investigation a d prosecution

The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Nnamdi Omoni who confirmed the incident, said the Commissioner of Police ordered that the matter be transferred to SCID while investigation continues.

Meanwhile, Civil Rights Council, a Human Rights organization that was handling the matter, condemned the alleged kidnapping and rape of Miss Precious, and the kidnapping pf her brothers by the security personnel.

The Group Secretary, Miss Kelechi Uzoma, described the alleged rape of the female victim and torture and her brothers and their subsequent detention as cruel, barbaric, evil and unacceptable.

She called on the Police to follow due diligence in the process of investigation and ensure all the persons involved are made to face justice.

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