The Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Dr. Ipalibo Banigo , has called on Police to step up investigation into the alleged gang rape of a 15-year-old girl.
Dr. Banigo made the call in Port Harcourt on Tuesday while reacting to reports that the Police had released the suspects. It was gathered that the girl, Chidera Amajor was gang-raped by a group of five men at Abirima Community in Oyigbo Local Government Area.
In a statement at Government House, Port Harcourt, She said there was the urgent need for the police to launch full-scale investigation into the matter in order to bring perpetrators of the inhuman act to justice to serve as deterrent to others. The deputy governor expressed her worry over the release of the suspects by the police, stressing that the action was counterproductive as it would encourage other rapists.
She called for the enforcement of relevant laws of the land against rapists by the relevant agencies of government as a conscious effort to sanitize the society of rape-related cases.
According to reports, the victim was forced to ingest an overdose of an analgesic known as Tramadol by the suspects before they raped her. The Deputy Governor enjoined the Police to promptly re-arrest the suspects and commence thorough investigation into the matter.
She said, “Rape is an inhuman act, it is sinful; it is capable of leading to several illnesses and even death of the victim. A full scale investigation into the matter is expected in order to bring the perpetrators of the inhuman act to justice.”
Dr. Banigo added that it was wrong for suspects of such a crime to be released by the Police without investigation. “Such action is counterproductive; it will encourage rapists to be on the rampage in the state. We all need to do things that will discourage crime.” She said.
She also called on non-governmental agencies (NGOs) and civil society organisations to speak out and join forces with government towards reducing the high incidence of rape cases in the society