Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The reported gang-rape of a female student of the Abia State University (ABSU) in South-eastern Nigeria by five male students of the same institution has attracted the attention of the federal government, who has vowed to investigate it.
The private Punch newspaper Tuesday quoted Minister of Youth Development Bolaji Abdullahi as saying he had received assurances from the police minister that the alleged rape would be probed and the culprits brought to book.
“Just spoke with Hon. Min of Police Affairs who is now speaking with IG (Inspector General of Police) on the ABSU gang rape case. Justice will be done!” the minister reportedly twitted.
Also, female rights activists have started mobilising to storm the institution for a protest march.
A 10-minute video of the alleged rape, said to have taken place 16 Aug. 2011, had been posted on Youtube as well as many Nigerian websites.
The video shows five young men having brutal sex with a helpless female, even as they laughed and made a joke out of the heinous act.
The lady, whose face could be seen - unlike the faces of the alleged rapists - begged the young men to either leave or kill her.
But the Abia state government has denied that the video emanated from the school.
“The Abia State Government has carried out an investigation on this matter and the truth is that, the alleged video never emanated from the university. The victim and the perpetrators are not students of Abia State University. Those associating ABSU with such barbaric video should please desist from such,” a government statement said.
-0- PANA SEG 20Sept2011