Less than a week after different rape cases were recorded in the country, another case of rape and murder has surfaced! The victim, an 18-year-old student of the Federal College of Animal and Production Technology, Moore Plantation, Apata, Ibadan, Oyo State, has suffered the same fate.
The teenager, Barakat Bello, who was undertaking the National Diploma program in Science Laboratory Technology, was reportedly attacked on Monday.
It was gathered that the attack on Barakat took place at her home in the Akinyele area of Ibadan.
Initial reports had it that her corpse was found near the house.
The father of the deceased, Kasimu Elepo, revealed that he was not at home when the incident occurred.
He stated that the deceased’s sister was also out of the house when the tragic incident occurred.
According to him, the sister found Barakat’s body in a pool of her own blood at the back of the house when she returned from Quranic lessons.
“I was not at home when the incident happened. The victim’s younger sister was not at home too; she went for Quranic lessons, but when she returned home, she saw Barakat at the back of the house with deep cuts all over her body. She had been raped and killed.
“Somebody called me on the phone that I should come home, but he refused to tell me what happened. When I got home, I saw that my daughter had been raped and hacked to death.”
The Coordinator, National Association of Nigerian Students, Zone ‘D’, Samuel Olawale, demanded justice for the victim and said the rape of women must stop.
The deceased, who was a member of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, was buried on Tuesday according to Islamic rites.
The murder of the teenager has sparked protests on Twitter with the hashtag, #JusticeforBarakat.
A United Kingdom-based medical doctor, Harvey Olufunmilayo, said the rape epidemic must be brought to an end.
“Barakat Bello was alone at home when some men attacked her. She was raped and killed. This was in Ibadan yesterday. She was only 18. Barakat was at home. She is a Muslim hijabi sister. You mad people that come up with excuses for rape, what is the excuse this time?”