18-year-old girl raped to death in Taraba State

An 18-year-old girl, Wassa Joel has been allegedly gang-raped to death while on a visit to the home of her aunt in Yorro Local government of Taraba State, while her body was later found behind a mountain around Jalingo

Penpushing reports that a family source said the incident happened in Lakanviri, which is about 10 Km away from Jalingo, the state capital, while the deceased elder brother Ayuba Solomon, also confirmed the incident, he said was great loss to the family.

‘She left our family house around Bishop’s Court in Jalingo, to Lankaviri on Saturday evening and decided to follow through a small market road to make her journey shorter when the criminals raped her to death’, the family said.

‘On Sunday morning when a little boy who was hawking firewood discovered her dead body by the roadside, ran back to inform his parents of what he saw. When the boy’s parents and other residents moved to the scene they discovered it was the lifeless body of my younger sister Wassa,” he said.

‘We did not touch her, we invited the security personnel operating in the area to see and advise us on what to do. The security men, consisting of the military and the police, came and advised us to convey the corpse to the mortuary and allow for a security investigation’, he added.

Penpushing further reports that Solomon explained that medical autopsy revealed that the victim was gang-raped before she was eventually killed, and that her remains were later taken to the Federal Medical Centre(FMC) in Jalingo

‘We took the corpse to Federal medical centre Jalingo and the doctor after conducting the needed test, he confirmed to us that the victim was gang-raped before she was eventually killed.I wish to appeal to the security operatives to deepen their investigation so that the perpetrators would be brought to justice,” he said.

Penpushing also reports that the Taraba State Police Command Public Relations Officer Usman Abdullahi, when contacted confirmed the incident, adding that the police have evacuated the corpse of the victim to the hospital where it was confirmed that she was raped, after an autopsy.

The police spokesperson stated that the commissioner of police as at the time of filing this report has directed that the matter is thoroughly investigated and that the criminals are arrested. And prosecuted thereafter

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