Thursday, 16 October 2014

Tension in Bayelsa community over rape of 11-yr-old girl

YENAGOA—The failure of some natives of Nembe community, Bayelsa State, to allow justice prevail in the case of a man, 60, who allegedly raped an 11-year-old girl and was to be given the traditional mode of punishment, is causing tension in the community.

The suspect, Inabiah Isaiah, popularly known as CO2, was allegedly caught red-handed having carnal knowledge of the girl (names withheld) after luring her to his house where he allegedly committed the act.

After allegedly confessing to the crime, the victim’s guardian, Jerry, reported the matter to leaders of the community for traditional justice to take its course.

It was gathered that the punishment for such an offence in the community was public lashing of the culprit at the community town hall.

However, trouble started when some local militia gang loyal to the accused, who it was gathered, is also a militia leader, whisked him away to the police station, apparently to shield him from public humiliation.

This did not go down well with a section of the community who insisted that the full weight of tradition must be allowed to take its full course or there would be no peace.

It was gathered that the people’s anger was hinged on the fact that the accused had also participated in flogging other offenders who committed a similar crime in the past and was also alleged to be enjoying the backing of some community leaders and influential politicians from the area.

Meanwhile, Vanguard gathered that a group of persons and gender activists who condemned the act, has vowed to pursue the matter in the court of law to ensure that justice prevailed, aside from the traditional punitive measures.

Source: Vanguardngr
YENAGOA—The failure of some natives of Nembe community, Bayelsa State, to allow justice prevail in the case of a man, 60, who allegedly raped an 11-year-old girl and was to be given the traditional mode of punishment, is causing tension in the community.
The suspect, Inabiah Isaiah, popularly known as CO2, was allegedly caught red-handed having carnal knowledge of the girl (names withheld) after luring her to his house where he allegedly committed the act.
After allegedly confessing to the crime, the victim’s guardian, Jerry, reported the matter to leaders of the community for traditional justice to take its course.
It was gathered that the punishment for such an offence in the community was public lashing of the culprit at the community town hall.
However, trouble started when some local militia gang loyal to the accused, who it was gathered, is also a militia leader, whisked him away to the police station, apparently to shield him from public humiliation.
This did not go down well with a section of the community who insisted that the full weight of tradition must be allowed to take its full course or there would be no peace.
It was gathered that the people’s anger was hinged on the fact that the accused had also participated in flogging other offenders who committed a similar crime in the past and was also alleged to be enjoying the backing of some community leaders and influential politicians from the area.
Meanwhile, Vanguard gathered that a group of persons and gender activists who condemned the act, has vowed to pursue the matter in the court of law to ensure that justice prevailed, aside from the traditional punitive measures.
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