An 18-year-old rape victim, identified as Janet, has committed suicide in the Amarata area of Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
The deceased, a native of Oduali community in Abus/Odua Local
Government Area of Rivers State, was allegedly raped by three
unidentified boys in the area.
Janet reportedly hanged herself due to the stigmatisation she allegedly experienced after the incident.
A family source, who craved anonymity, said Janet was gang-raped last
week at gunpoint, while on errand for her elder sister. She was said to
have been forced into an uncompleted building by her assailants, who
were three in number before the act.
The source said, “Janet was visibly sad and devastated after the
incident; she narrated her experience to her sister and sister’s
husband. The sister’s husband, who is a pastor, asked her to describe
any of her attackers and she described a certain boy.
“The boy was traced to his house but when they got there, they
discovered that he had absconded. Her brother-in-law then assured her
that he would pursue the matter to a logical conclusion.”
Unknown to her guardians, the distraught girl had decided to take her
life due to the ugly incident. Janet gulped a poisonous substance known
as sniper. She was rushed to the Gloryland Hospital when she was
discovered to be groaning in pain.”
It was further gathered from a family member that the deceased had left behind a suicide note before taking her life.
When contacted on the development, spokesman for the Bayelsa State Police Command, Mr. Alex Akhigbe, confirmed the incident.
He said the police had begun an investigation into the alleged rape report lodged by the deceased’s family.