By Peter Duru
MAKURDI—A 15-year-old Senior Secondary 2 student of College of Education Demonstration Secondary School, Katsina-Ala in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State (names withheld) was gang-raped comatose by suspected cultists.
Vanguard learned that the teenage girl was, last week, abducted by the gang and taken to an unknown destination were they drugged and tied her up for several days, while they took turns on her.
She was later discovered unconscious, yesterday, at the Katsina-Ala Riverside by a search party led by her father, a lecturer at the College of Education, Katsina-Ala.
A father’s story
Narrating his ordeal to reporters at the Benue State Teaching Hospital, BSUTH, Makurdi, where the girl is still unconscious, her father said his daughter was abducted by a gang led by one Torkula.
He said: “On Thursday, January 5, 2017 at about 11a.m., my daughter, an SS2 student, went to a nearby market to buy zips to make a neighbour’s cloth, but did not return.
“We did not see her till nightfall and then decided to search in homes of some of her friends and classmates, but could not find her. I then lodged a complaint at the Police Station in Katsina-Ala, where I was also advised to also put up an announcement on a local radio station located in Katsina-Ala, which I did.
“The whole family resorted to prayers as I consulted my pastor, who told me that he saw a vision of my missing daughter in the midst of cultists, even as he assured me that she would be found soon.
“I later got a call from a church member, saying that she saw my daughter on a motorcycle with two men, who covered her mouth as she attempted to speak to her. According to her, they were heading for the riverside.”
He said he immediately proceeded to the riverside in company of a motorcyclist, “On getting there,” he said, “I saw many cultists smoking hemp and one of them approached me, asking what I was looking for.
“Few minutes later, I saw one Torkula dragging my daughter and she looked heavily drugged and almost unconscious. The motorcyclist held onto Torkula as he attempted to run, while the others escaped.
“My daughter managed to speak and told me that they gave her four injections of an unknown substance, that they took her from one Ucha’s house to the home of another member, where they stripped her naked.
“She said they later took her to Torkula’s mother’s beer parlour, where she was forced to drink a drugged beer. She also told me that they starved her for two days and only gave her drugs.”
Meanwhile, a medical report from Nguher Clinic in Katsina-Ala, where the victim was earlier admitted before being transferred to the Benue State Teaching Hospital, made available to reporters, indicated that she was induced with a substance and was sexually assaulted.
Vanguard further gathered that the victim’s father has relocated his entire family from Katsina-Ala to an unknown destination, following threats from the members of the gang and their families.
Confirming the incident, the state Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, said a suspect had been arrested, while other fleeing members of the gang were being trailed.