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By abiodunbalo • 12 days ago • 32 views • 7 comments

Operatives of the Bayelsa State police

command have arrested three commercial

tricycle riders popularly known as Keke

NAPEP over the alleged gang rape of an 11 -

year - old girl in Yenagoa. The minor was

reportedly gang - raped by the men in an

uncompleted building along Azikoro village

road.

The incident, which was carried out a

fortnight ago , was reported to the police at

Azikoro after a Speak Up campaign initiated

by the Dise Ogbise Foundation (DOF ) . It was

gathered that the victim, names withheld , was

threatened with death by the three tricyclists .

The victim told the coordinator of DOF , Dise

Ogbise- Erhisere , during the advocacy to

schools how she was raped . Ogbise- Erhisere , a

legal practitioner and chairperson of Sagbama

branch of the Nigerian Bar Association ( NBA ),

disclosed that over 20 cases of rape and

defilements were recorded during the

campaign .

According to her , “ the accused tricyclists and

others have all been arrested and we hope

that they will be prosecuted soon . Another

case is that of a 15 - year - old girl that was

raped on her way to the market . She kept

quiet for over four months because she was

threatened with death . The end result was

pregnancy. ”

Ogbise- Erhisere said the UNICEF report of

2018 indicated that at least one or more cases

of s*xual violence by paedophiles occur in

Bayelsa daily with many unreported .


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