Akam James, Yenagoa
The Bayelsa state Police Command has arrested three commercial tri -cycle drivers for the allegedly gang raping an 11- year- old girl in an uncompleted building along the Azikoro Village road of the state.
The alleged gang rape, which was reportedly carried out a fortnight ago, was reported to the Divisional Police Office at Azikoro road after a “Speak out” campaign initiated by the Dise Ogbise Foundation (DOF).
Our correspondent gathered that the victim, names withheld was threatened with death by the three tri – cyclists after she was repeatedly raped.
Though the details of the alleged gang rape is sketchy, the victim however, told the Coordinator of the DOF, Dise Ogbise-Erhisere during the Speak-out” advocacy campaign tour of private and public secondary schools in the state.
Ogbise-Erhisere, who is a legal practitioner and Chairperson of the Sagbama branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), also confirmed that through the “Speak out” advocacy campaign over 20 cases of defilement have been recorded.
According to her, the accused tri – cyclists and others have all been arrested, adding that “we hope that they will be prosecuted soon. This incident occurred three weeks ago.”
She said the UNICEF report of 2018 indicated that at least one or more cases of sexual violence by profiles occurred in Bayelsa state on daily basis with many unreported.
“The report is further worsened with the fact that the cases between the ages of one month to 17 years declined speaking and no report of these cases are made to the relevant agencies for either prosecution or prompt medical attention.
“Another case point is that of a 15 – year – old girl who was raped on her way to the market and she kept quiet for over four months because she was threatened with death. The end result is a four – month- old pregnancy.”