Eight-year-old rape victim dies in Lagos
An eight-year-old victim of rape, who suffered from rectovaginal fistula, as well as a sexually transmitted disease, is dead.
Ababy died last Friday at their Bolar, Ilaje in Bariga, a Lagos slum, after complaining of stomach ache.
It was gathered that her elder sister was also sexually assaulted in January but the culprit was apprehended and charged to court.
According to a source, Ababy was serially abused by unknown men. The wall separating her female organ from her anus was damaged.
Although no one knew the exact period the deceased was defiled, The Nation gathered that her mother, Jumoke, knew of it last Wednesday when the child complained of stomach ache.
A social media user, Adeniyi Adeniyi, who posted the incident said: “I am so sad right now. Despite all the brothels in this state, grown up girls everywhere but you rather chose to defile this innocent child, I am full of tears right now.
“They did not know on time and the wound got infected. That was how the girl died of infection.”
Further findings by our Correspondent indicated that the deceased’s mother gave her herbal mixture to drink in order to cleanse her stomach.
A source said: “No one knew when she was raped. It was on Wednesday that she started complaining of stomach pain.
“The mum checked her and discovered that she had been defiled. She asked the girl who did it but she did not mention anyone. So the woman bought an herbal concoction that flushes the tummy and gave the girl.
“The concoction made her stool for two days. By the third day, the girl was rushed to a local nurse but died on the way.
“The mother explained that Ababy usually bathed herself and that it never occurred to her that someone could be raping her.”
Another neighbour, who claimed it was at the local clinic Jumoke knew Ababy had suffered several rape, described the mother as “careless.”
She said: “I do not know if they know about it and tried to cover up for the culprit. But when the nurse saw the girl’s private part, she asked if the mother did not know and she said she does not bathe her.
“How can a mother be with her children without observing changes in them? For that wound to have been badly infected like that, it means it might have been long.
“The woman is not educated. She’s not exposed too. It is sad that the little girl died like that. I do not know if they reported the case at the police station.”
Similarly, a three-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a man at 13, Orekupolati Street, Aguda in Ogba.
It was gathered that the victim exposed her alleged abuse, Rasheed, when she told her mother that he inserted his private part into hers.
According to a source, the child was in pains and cried to her mother, saying “he put something inside my bombom.”
He said: “The little girl exposed the man when she was asked to show how it happened before the neighbours. She pointed at the suspect’s manhood and showed that he put it inside her private part.
“The man denied it but the child insisted he was the one. All the neighbours gathered and said for the sake of the child, the matter should not be made public. The man was made to sign an undertaken that he would never do anything to harm the child.”
Source: The Nation