• There was palpable tension at Okpoitumo community in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, following the rape of a 16-year-old girl by four secondary schoolboys.

    The girl, simply identified as Gladys (surname withheld), is currently battling for her life after falling a victim of such heinous crime.

    The four students, Jeremiah Odah, Dick Alo, Ofobuike Alo and Obumnaeme, had broken into the girl’s house around 10pm and immediately demanded sex which she refused to oblige them.

    The boys from Galaxy Foundation Secondary School, Ndiofoke Amagu, Ikwo in Ikwo Local Government Area then beat her up and rapping her to coma.

    After committing the crime, the students carried her out of her house and dropped her in a bush where she was found after two days of search party by members of the community.

    She was immediately rushed to the Rural Improvement Mission Hospital (RIMH), Ndegu Echara community in the local government for medical attention.

    According to the medical report conducted on the victim, Gladys sustained serious internal injuries in her body including private parts during the incident.

    The matter was reported to the Ebonyi State Family Law Centre, a special court saddled with the responsibility of handling such case.

    The Chairman of the court, Mrs Edeh Nwali, then petitioned the state Com-missioner of Police, Peace Ibekwe Abdallah, urging her to use her good offices and bring the perpetrators to book.

    The four boys was reported to have disappeared from their hostel and the community after committing the crime.

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