From Esther Akaa, Lafia
Three suspected herdsmen have allegedly gang-raped a 14-year-old girl in Kwarra community in Wamba Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
A source, who pleaded anonymity told The Voice that the incident occurred on Monday night.
According to the source, the herdsmen, who were armed with knives and other sharp objects, invaded the residence of the victim and forcefully took her to a nearby bush where she was raped to coma.
“Three herdsmen came to the girl’s house and forcefully took her to a bush and gang-raped her till she passed out. They were carrying knives and sharp objects capable of killing a person. They stabbed and raped her to coma.
“It is unfortunate that she couldn’t get help from anyone while the dastardly act was going on,” the source stated.
The source, however, said that the police have arrested two suspects in connection with the dastardly act while the third person is still at large.
Confirming the incident in Lafia on Tuesday, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Ramhan Nansel, said two herdsmen have been arrested in connection to the crime.
Nansel said: “What happened in Kwarra community of Wamba LGA is indeed a sad situation. The girl was at her family house on Monday night when two herdsmen who are residents of the community namely; Umar Shehu ‘M’ 19 years and Dare Bello ‘M’ 18 years, went to their house and took her to a bush were she was gang-raped.
“The herdsmen were armed with cutlasses and sticks, and they were able to carryout the act because the girl’s father was sick, and there was no other person to help her at that time.
“But as soon as the information got to the police, we quickly mobilized our officers to go rescue the girl and arrest the perpetrators of the act.
“When our officers got to the scene of the crime, the girl was immediately taken to a hospital for treatment and based on the available information at my disposal, two herdsmen have been arrested in connection to the crime.”
The PPRO said the Commissioner of Police in the State, Adesina Soyemi has directed that the case be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Lafia for further investigation.
He, therefore, said that the suspects will be charged to court for prosecution.