Chiawolam Comfort Umeh, a 15-year-old JSS3 female student from Iyienyi Village, Okwoyi Community in Isieke, Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State decided to end her young life after she was gang-raped by three men on June 28.
According to reports the teenager was among those who recently sat for Junior Secondary School examination at the Isieke Model Community High School. She hung herself with her mother’s head tie on to a guava tree at the back of the family compound on July 7, few days after she was sexually molested by the vile men.
The deceased father reported that early that fateful day, her mother had called her to talk to her about the incident out after she complained that she was having pains all over her body, the mother told her to endure till they come back from the police station that morning, but unknown to them, the deceased didn’t plan to live till then.
“She took her jacket and what we later discovered was a scarf and left, warning that nobody should mention her name. We thought she was going to the toilet.”
Another family source revealed that Comfort had earlier told her mother that she would not be able to stay alive to behold the faces of those who defiled her, but the mother did not understand what she meant.
Her cries while struggling between life and death on top of the tree drew people’s attention to the bush. They rushed to the scene only to discover her hanging with her tongue protruded out of her mouth. She was already gone.
The distraught mother disclosed that the deceased had often told her that one Ndubuisi had been disturbing her for a relationship since 2013 and had often threatened to deal with her if she refused his amorous overtures.
“In my presence, I had asked my daughter and she told me that relationship is not her problem now until she is through with her education. She hardly collects gifts from boys nor accepts free rides when coming back from school.”
Chiawolam was said to have gone to see her sister in a nearby village and on her way back from the visit, the three men allegedly abducted and took her into a nearby forest, where they have a cult house and shrine and there, they took turns to rape her.
Continuing, her mother said:
“While this was going on, my daughter told me that she was still shouting, but nobody could come to her rescue. She said that immediately they got into the forest, near Inyienyi stream, one of the boys named Ndubuisi brought out a dagger and threatened to kill her if she refused to submit herself to them.
Eventually, they over-powered her, tore off her skirt, blouse, pants, brassier and forcefully raped her in turns. She said that when they were doing all those things to her, she passed out, only to wake and see herself in the pool of her own blood.
It became difficult for her to stand up and walk out of the forest, as her head was turning and every area of her abdomen and private region was paining her. She said that she looked at herself to discover that blood filled the whole place like where a goat was slaughtered for sacrifice.”
Mr Ezekiel Udeviotu, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) confirmed the incident, describing it as ‘unfortunate’, and delivering promises that the police would do all within it’s powers to arrest the culprits, who were said to have fled the community.