A 22-year-old Nigerian lady simply identified as Miss Cynthia, has recounted how she was raped by a serial rapist on her birthday in Ebonyi state opposite her home in Umualoma axis of Nkaliki, Abakaliki Local Government Area of Ebonyi State where she resides with her parents.
Narrating her ordeal, Cynthia said
“I was celebrating my birthday. I went out to get something for me and my male cousin to eat that evening. After getting the thing, on my way back, a guy just grabbed me and took me inside his room. I have never seen that guy and I don’t know him. I was shouting and he said that even though I shout nobody will come to rescue me.
“After he finished raping me, he locked the door and went outside. Unfortunately, he left his phone in the room. Then I used his phone to dial my phone which was in our house. It was my elder sister in the house that picked the call. I told them what happened. She told me to knock harder that someone will open the door. I was knocking before a guy told him to come and open the door for this girl to come out.
“Immediately he opened the door, I pushed him and ran outside. That was how I went home. His house is opposite our house in Umualoma area of Nkaliki. I have never seen his face before. I have never had an“encounter with him before the incident. The occupants of that building were all there when the thing happened but they couldn’t do anything because they were afraid of him. When he opened the door, it was around 6pm”.
While reacting to the unfortunate incident, her father, said all he wants now is justice for his daughter
“I want justice because the information I got was that the guy is a rapist and he has been dragging girls into his house and raping them. The people around there don’t talk to him because the guy is a cultist. Sometimes, when he drags any girl into his house, he would lock her there for some days.
“They said that he uses charms. After raping the girls, they would not be able to remember the house again. I think he was even surprised that this one recognised that building. So, it is something he has been doing and he often went scot-free.”
Speaking further, he said
I was called by her sister that she was not at home. When we called her line, it was ringing. It was her male cousin that picked it in the parlour and told me that she went to buy something and he has not seen her since. So we tried but there was no way to reach her again. “So, I returned home; took my daughter and we began to search through her phone to see the last call she made that day. We were trying the numbers but they were not going. Eventually, a call came in through her own set. Her sister picked the call and it was her. ‘Where are you?’ She said that a guy dragged her into his room and raped her and then locked her inside.
“Unfortunately, he went out and left his phone inside his room. She used the guy’s phone and called her own phone which we picked. After some minutes, she called to tell us she was home. We went there with a friend and this my daughter. The boy was sitting there. I tried to ask him questions but he was telling me that if I disturb him, he will shoot my leg. “We left him and went to AK office and reported. So the AKs followed us. As at that time, it was around after 6pm or 7pm; it was a little bit dark. So, when we went there, he left the building and went to a building in front of his house and sat there; watching.
“By the time we arrived in his house, he was not there. Immediately we came out, he saw us and ran away. The AK guys went after him but they couldn’t catch him. They later found him in a dark place but he challenged the two AK guys with an axe and thereafter ran into the bush. “We later went back to the AK office.
We were there and my son called me saying that some boys had caught him as he went to pack his luggage. They held him but as they were struggling, he stabbed the boy that held him and the boy left him and he ran away again.
Confirming the incident, the state police command spokesperson, ASP Loveth Odah, said
“Years back, there was this particular recycling criminal that any time he sees women on top of a motorcycle or walking on the road alone close to his house, he would drag them into his room, rape them and push them out. Efforts are on top gear and we are seriously searching for him to arrest him”, Odah stated.