The uncle of the 15-year old girl who was allegedly Raped by a police inspector at gunpoint in Akwa Ibom State, Dr. Ime Stephen, has been abducted.
Dr. Ime was kidnapped at his house on Tuesday around 3am.
It was gathered that the human rights activist, who had been fighting for justice for the rape victim (names withheld), was whisked away by some masked gunmen.
The gunmen reportedly gained entrance into the house by breaking through the wall from the backyard.
The victim’s wife, Gloria, informed newsmen that while three of the gunmen entered into the house, others waited outside.
She stated that when the gunmen entered into their apartment, they locked her and her child in a room.
“Three of the gunmen entered our apartment with their faces covered. They gained entrance by breaking the wall from the backyard.
“They did not talk; they just pushed me, my son and a visitor into one room. One of them stood at the door, threatening to shoot if we made a noise or shout.”
Dr. Ime’s abduction was not unconnected with the rape of his niece.
It was learnt that on July 22, shortly after the 15-year old girl was raped by the police inspector on her way back from school, the Divisional Police Officer at Mkpat Enin Police Division, Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, sent two clerics and some police officers to plead with Dr. Ime to let the matter go.
The clerics, who described themselves as senior apostles, reportedly begged him to forgive the inspector, saying the case was a big shame to the Nigeria Police Force.
Dr.Ime was said to have told the clerics that the matter was a serious one and he could not let it go.
“This is a very serious thing – a police inspector raping a 15-year-old girl at gunpoint. This is more than robbery. He not only raped the girl, he kidnapped her for three days and collected a ransom of N10,000 as bail sum,” Dr. Ime said earlier.
Dr. Ime had, on August 9, 2016 by 10.30pm, escaped an assassination attempt at his house at Nyaodiong village in Mkpat Enin LGA.
He had, in a petition to the Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Murtala Mani, alleged threat to his life, the lives of his family members, attempted arson of his new house as well as malicious damage of his property.
Dr. Ime is the Director General, Centre for International Integrity, Peace and Development in Nigeria.
He had met with the Commissioner of Police to complain of frequent attacks on him and also on how to get justice for the rape victim.
Mani, when contacted, said he was yet to confirm the report as he was in Calabar, saying “I am yet to confirm the incident because I am in Calabar. I heard of it.”