The Nigerian Police today said they had unravelled the identity of those behind the infamous gang-rape case which allegedly took place at the Abia State University, ABSU, Uturu, in Abia State. The alleged gang rape took the international world of social media networks like storm in 2011. According to the police the incident actually took
place in Obite town in Etche Council Area of Rivers State. The victim was also found to be married while the suspects are her husband’s cousins.
The investigation was prompted by the a video recording of the incident circulated in the a social media showing how four men gang-raped a girl allegedly at ABSU.
According to the Police, three of the suspects have been charged to Magistrate Court 9, Port Harcourt.
The information was contained in the Nigeria Police newspaper, The Dawn, of March 11-24, 2013 edition.
According to the report, detectives from the Rivers State Criminal Investigation Department, working on intelligence report on September 7, 2012, traced the husband of the victim code-named Mr. S from Obite town in Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The report said Mr. S confirmed that the victim was his wife and that the perpetrators of the act were from his community.
The report said “after painstakingly tracing the identity of the suspects, it led to their arrest".
According to the report, three of the perpetrators Uchenna Ukulor,Chizoba Nwosu Imezie and Nwazuo are facing trial for act of conspiracy and rape while the fourth person is on the run.
In the report, the police were quoted as saying that the suspects and the husband of the victim were invited and the video clip was played for them which clearly established that three of them with another at large committed the crime.
The suspects, the report further said, are cousins to the husband of the victim.
Briefing journalists at the government house, Umuahia, on the development, Chief Press Secretary to Abia State Governor, Ugochukwu Emezue, said the state government and the Abia State University has been vindicated by the findings of the police which show that the incident never happened at the university or anywhere in the state but at a village in Etche LGA, Rivers state.
Emezue said that detractors of the government who do not want to see anything good in the state,who insisted then that the rape took place at Abia State University should “hide their face in shame.”
He called on people to thoroughly investigate a matter before conclusion.