The ‘Real’ Shame of Rape

Posted on Sunday, September 18th, 2011 at 1:50 PM

By Glory Edozien

Rape isn’t a crime, it’s surprise sex – comment from twitter

Over the weekend, twitter was set alight by the link to a website which showed a female student from Abia State University being gang raped by 5 men. The link made its rounds and I am told many people left comments on the site after watching the video, so much so that the topic became a ‘trending topic’ in our side of the world.

As I type this article, I am going through a range of emotions I find difficult to describe. I do not understand how anyone can watch a video of a woman being raped, defiled, her dignity taken and then all we do is leave a comment and walk away. I personally refused to watch the video, in fact, I don’t even have the link. While I am sure, many would argue that this is a personal choice, I cannot realistically understand why anyone would watch this video, unless it was being watched at the police station with the sole purpose of identifying the culprits. Other than that, its wide viewership, till date, is actually quite disturbing and should be seen as a barometer for the level of moral decadence our country has sunk to.

First off, for any man to rape a woman is in itself an issue, but to take it further by taping the crime and placing it for public viewing shows a level of effrontery unparalleled by anything I have ever known. Then, that other men would in turn watch it and leave comments about how the victim may have attracted the rapists because of her attire, points to a new found level of idiocy amongst some of the Nigerian male gender.

Sometimes I wonder if women are really the ones who gave birth to men because the level of disregard for female-related issues in our country is beyond disheartening. Women, should be protected by men, we are not objects for defilement and public ridicule.

But men aren’t alone in this. Even women too have shown a level of detachment to this issue that borders on worrisome. How do we watch a fellow woman being raped, her breasts ravaged by intruders and her most private place desecrated by unwanted objects and feel no urgency! What we do not understand is we are all victims of this crime. When things like this happen, they seem far away from us, we read about it, shake our heads and go back to our ‘secure’ lives without realising that our society is dissipating right before us. What may not affect us today, may well affect our children and grandchildren in the not so distant future. When we watch videos such as these and do not react with equal display of disgust, we unwittingly encourage these acts to become further entrenched in our daily lives.

For the avoidance of doubt, rape isn’t porn and it is definitely not surprise sex as the above twitter handle ludicrously describes it. It is not consensual sex filmed for the purpose of public arousal. Rape, gang rape which is portrayed in this light is a complete defilement of a woman. It shows we aren’t safe. It shows we cannot trust our men. It shows that our men do not respect or care about us. It shows that our society is in trouble. Our government has failed us and we in turn are failing ourselves.

Right now, I actually feel both helpless and ashamed. I cannot imagine what the victim of the video must be feeling, to have endured something so terrible only to find that the rest of the world had become privy to her defilement and have gone as far as to blame her for it. Ashamed, because I cannot believe this could happen in a country I call home and that some of the men who have watched this tape and those that committed this act are today’s and tomorrow’s husbands and fathers.

So I ask you Nigerians, what is the solution. How do we get this improper content off the internet? How do we ensure that the perpetrators of this crime get the punishment that they deserve? How do we stop this obvious downward spiral of our society’s morals? How do we equip our men to better protect and care for us? So many questions, but where are the answers…?

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    • jane September 18, 2011 at 1:56 PM

      O lord av mercy!

      • sndra September 18, 2011 at 9:56 PM
      • mee September 20, 2011 at 12:55 AM

        Oh Lord, pls give her the fortitude to recover & heal, when would things like this stop! while I was in a Nigerian University, off campus, I HAD 3 INCIDENTS WHEN I COULD’VE BEEN RAPED IN BROAD DAYLIGHT. Most times, your rapists are who you know! Two was in my off-camp rooms, one I quickly jumped up and grabbed my biggest kitchen knife and advanced the dude, he backed off. Second, was another dude, acting all nice & sweet but came to my room to attack me, I smashed a big pot on his head, threw objects at him & screamed loud, he fled !
        Third incident, I was on a bike/okada within the school and the bikeman without asking decided to take a lonely bushy route, acting suspicous, I screamed and alerted people ! WOMEN NO ONE CAN PROTECT YOU BETTER THAN YOURSELF & GOD !

    • na so September 18, 2011 at 1:59 PM

      Bella u r not disgusted as I am, 2weeks ago it was olisa adibua’s assault case and most supposed human activist celebs on twitter went numb then this rae case with some foolist views to it. Imagine someone saying women r the cause becos of the way they dress! Seriously?! Next it’ll be serial killers may God help Nigeria.

      • ayodeji September 19, 2011 at 1:55 AM

        well said..those that say women are the cause because of the way they dress might well say well-to do people are the cause of them getting robbed by armed robbers…because they are well-to do, should they have been poor? we need to kill the nonchalant attitude of the Nigerian man and raise more the spirit of empathy!

      • K.O September 20, 2011 at 2:36 AM

        true tori… Or paedophiles, then people will blame the child. And for serial killers, people will blame the victim for “dipping their hand where it dosent belong.” smh. Nigerians like to do itk, reminds me of the movie: untraceable. #smh

    • Chacha September 18, 2011 at 1:59 PM

      Great writeup. Its alarming d way ppl r quick to point out y the girl was raped 4getting that the real issue is the fact that we live amongst demons cos no human would resort to such inhumane acts. May they be punished! N may such ppl stay far away from me n my loved ones!

      • x0x0 September 18, 2011 at 5:10 PM

        “We live among demons” <– No greater truth than that. Evil has pervaded our youth, Our generation is in trouble!
        The sexual promiscuity alone is enough reason for divine intervention. We might be the 'leaders of tomrw' cos we cannot lead a nation while we spread our legs and hump everything around us. GOD HELP US!

    • Partyrider September 18, 2011 at 2:13 PM

      Something died inside of me when I read about this issue on linda’s blog..I frooze!!
      And to think people had fun with it on twitter,making shameless comment on the issue of rape,goes to show how much we have failed ourselves..you must be useless to justify rape or see it as a thing of fun..Those who justify this act and those who are involved in it are no different..when you wake up in the morning,remind the person in the mirror how useless they are,how much space they waste on earth..

      It will take the grace of God if this girl doesn’t commit sucide.for her to even beg those guys to kill her shows how much pain she went through. We can only hope that those guys are caught and dealt with..

      Again I say,if you justify rape you are a waste.
      Dear guys,it could be ur sister,girl friend or mother..karma is a good bitch..
      By the way,when things go wrong later in life for you,remember it was seeds like these you sowed..

      • zainab September 18, 2011 at 4:43 PM

        so apt that comment “something died in me” …I can not watch it..i can not fathom how pple can…God pls i pray and hope that the mobilisation being carried out on twitter gets this girl the justice she rightly deserves.I weep as i type this cos as a female i can not imagine the kind of physical n mental trauma she is going thru and as a sister and as a (God willing)future mother to male children…this is inconceivably evil n beggars belief!!!NO ONE…NO ONE deserves to be raped..we all deserve dignity as human beings..God help us all..so sad

    • I.e September 18, 2011 at 2:13 PM

      This article has basically spoken my mind on the issue. I cannot imagine why this link would be of interest to any individual (save said individual is as demented as the perpertrators of this crime). It is appalling that young people would want to be ‘first’ to see a video of such a heinous crime (as that is what it is, any sane person knows this) and make stupid jokes about it. The fact that you have viewed it should motivate you to do something about it.
      I do not believe there is a justifiable excuse for rape, and I am a strong believer of the capital punishment for rape. I don’t know the full story behind this occurence, neither do I think it mattes so much, as the fact that the rapists should be brought to book.

    • MrBanks September 18, 2011 at 2:15 PM

      it is very sad that this is still happening to our women in this age and time.. No one born by a woman who is i n their right senses can ever find it okay to rape a woman. what now pains me most is, when we report this to the cops, they wont find it as a big deal because, they themselves in Uniform commit this type of atrocities too. nonetheless, women should definitely still report the cases at their police station. There are different ways of getting such off the internet, first is to ask whoever posted it on their website to take it off, if that doesnt work then we want to contact the host company of the site to bring the entire site down. we as individuals need to do more to educate and enlighten our fellow Nigerians. some of them have taken this civilization the wrong way mixed with some old traditions of our culture. Most hiphop projects our women as sex objects and our culture still kind of look @ women like 2nd class humans. My person challenge as always been to engage Nigerians at the secondary school level on how to respect a woman and for women on the importance of respecting themselves and their body..

    • monalisa September 18, 2011 at 2:18 PM

      Those guys should be burnt alive. This is the height of inhumanity.

    • Ezixxx September 18, 2011 at 2:19 PM

      For me u’re already a solution to this act for realising that both the assault and its broadcast are unlawful and then preaching and educating Nigerians about their manner towards some predicaments is inhuman. I’m feeling what u felt b4 writing this article. The deliverance Nigerians need is changing our ways of reasoning and behaviour. May JAH help us!!

    • Lola September 18, 2011 at 2:22 PM

      I pray the bastards all get arrested and punished.

    • chikakot September 18, 2011 at 2:23 PM

      this is very mean. the nigerian society must do something. we can not sit back and allow it. poor girl. i feel for her. the men should be punished and stop the blaming of what women wear but to condemn the act of men talkless of a man raping a girl. they should be caught and punished seriously.

    • Eva September 18, 2011 at 2:33 PM

      IM STILL CRYING…READ ON LINDAS BLOG….ITS PAINFUL….

      Wheres is boko haram? They kill innocent people, what about these men??

    • Babyluv September 18, 2011 at 2:33 PM

      I am still shocked by the rape crime that was committed, I can only imgine what the victim is going through now. All I know is that the attention this issue has gotten will surely yield positive results and the perpetrators brought to justice.

    • sweetie September 18, 2011 at 2:42 PM

      Gloria May God Bless you abundantly!!!! I too refused to watch the video, i’m sorry. Yet, some idiots on twitter are saying ”the rape was not brutal sef” , ”some girls deserve to be raped”, ”she liked it” , what pains me the most is you find women amongst this fools blaming the victim. One of the supporters of the act, had his brother who had some form of developmental ailment insulted on twitter, this person went around tweeting the handle of the girl who insulted his brother and telling people to report the girl to twitter for violation and yet this same person does not seem to find anything wrong with this rape case, Demilade R, please behave like someone whose parents paid good money for an education; dont be a champion of a good cause only when it suits you, stop being stupid!!! Your Mother and Gf should be really proud.

    • funkysoft September 18, 2011 at 2:45 PM

      anybody that says the victim attracted rapist to herself because of her attire is very very stupid and a big fool, what has dressing got to do with evil intentions?rape can be carried out with the mind too, so all those underaged girls age range from 3-8yrs that have encountered same ordeals from beast called men also attracted molesters by what they wear?*smh* on some people.
      rape is bad and anybody that does it should be made to face the consequence/consequences when and if caught.haba 5 guys on 1 lady, na wetin now! because of what?now some sick perverts are demanding to see the video for what now? to make jest or amuse themselves about it?gosh the society is filled with lots of decay, and nothing is being done about it, i mean the rape took place like a month now but i am just reading about it on linda ikeji’s blog and still no news is forth coming about d culprits being caught .
      heard Hon Abike dabiri should be informed maybe she will be of help and her email aodabiri@yahoo.com was posted on twitter, the more mails she gets the more she might assist in tending it to the senate , because this is bad.
      the guys might have inflicted all kinds of diseases , injuries on her body and i can imagine the kind of fear they have instilled in her now , she will be like a walking corpse, and will be affected all wise, her education, social life will be greatly affected.
      i pray these sick guys are brought to book no matter how highly influential they might be, cos when they are fished out now , one will see they are sons to some big shots and they will want to bury everything .
      God will deliver us all , and i pray God heals her amen , she needs all the support she can get now.

    • moi September 18, 2011 at 2:48 PM

      I am more concerned abt the disrespect and detachment for the girl. Even people who are appalled abt the rape all seem to be abt the culprits being bought to justice but NO one is concerned abt the state of the girl. I have seen a lot of tweet and heard a lot of convo but not once did anybody say “is the girl fine, what are we going to do to lessen her psychological burden. Now I know, some of you believe that seeing her culprit being held accountable for their deeds would help. I wish it were so, but it isn’t. And like @funlayo tweeted “Girl is raped. Rapists share the vid.Vid is passed around. No one does anything about it.And we vex when the world calls us a failed state? In our country, we need clout to get rapists arrested even with video evidence. I tire.” The whole matter is just plain sad. Even sadder is the cry to connect with a person with clout in order for justice to be done. (I am done with my disorganized ranting. I just can’t)

    • Regain ogbata September 18, 2011 at 2:53 PM

      I can’t believe that a fellow man like me would do such a thing to an innocent girl. The government should not let these to die like that, please, the should something about this shameful art.

    • Wonuola September 18, 2011 at 2:57 PM

      To say that this is sad is an understatement. But you know the question that comes to my mind when “men” claim they rape women because of ‘indecent dressing’ “Will you rape her if she were your sister?” This is a clarion call to the level of decadence and the height to which people can go too show how inhumane and insane they are!

    • ABA September 18, 2011 at 3:04 PM

      We aren’t entirely powerless in this case, we can bring the culprits to account and most importantly, help the girl. I say we continue to pressure the state and university to find and arrest the criminals. We should also set up a fund to help the girl, I am more than willing to contribute to this. Expressing our anger is good but acting on it actually proves our sentiments, we cannot help the girl with mere words so we need to fight for justice and guarantee her wellbeing, ideas on how to start organizing are welcome. We cannot let these boys out in our society they have dehumanized themselves and proven to us that they are not fit to live amongst us.

    • samsie September 18, 2011 at 3:09 PM

      I did not watch the video but I can bet that some of those who did were enthralled by it..it must have seemed like the regular pornography they watch online and in their bedrooms
      Some females watch those derogatory videos with their boyfriends..they may just be passing comments inorder to seem righteous.how many females are really touched by this incident in our self preservatory society.
      I wish this video was not publicised any further than the perpetrators did.it is absolutely horrid

    • Ruby September 18, 2011 at 3:12 PM

      We start by educating our sons, our brothers and our fathers. We educate them to respect the women that gave them life.
      It is easy to justify an act of horror in order for us not to have to look into ourselves and question who we are as individuals. We can blame the victim.
      When I speak about the hate men have for women, I am ignored or portrayed as a crazed feminist, but how can brothers, sons, fathers, defile a woman in such a way and then post it for the world to view if they love and respect women. And please don’t be fooled what happened to that woman could happen to any woman, because men can justify their actions and have other women help them to do so.
      Wake up people!

    • LadyTee September 18, 2011 at 3:14 PM

      I can’t believe people actually voluntarily watched it! Even if the dvd of it is placed on your lap, knowing what it contains- how can any person even feel comfortable enough to watch it?!!! It’s not a spectacle, this is a crime of a very private and invasive nature.

      I’m sorry, but unless your are an officer involved, or a legal professional attached to the case, then you should NOT watch this. Not viewing this is a protest to the barbaric nature of the video. Those that raped this woman and taped it obviously did so, so that they and others can watch it. You have fed their purpose!! I’m just so disgusted that people even want to watch this……shame on all that have!!!!!

    • dele momodu September 18, 2011 at 3:17 PM

      I’m indeed shocked at the way things are turning out in our dear country Nigeria. The level of hooliganism has taken on a new dimension. I’m horrified at the news of 5 students gang-raping a female student in Abia state. They even filmed the sadistic scene. My heart goes out to the unfortunate girl and her family while I call on the school authorities and appropriate law enforcements to fish out and SEVERLY punish the criminals according to law of the land. We must stamp out these reckless and irresponsible acts from our society. No form of abuse should ever be tolerated. Dr Dele Momodu

    • duchesss September 18, 2011 at 3:19 PM

      its quite terrible…i heard it happened in imo state uni too…the devil is using people..come to think of it they ve got sisters too nd would want to protect them abi?????? as long as GOD is in heaven those people shall never find peace.. if not now but later in life selah….

    • ij September 18, 2011 at 3:26 PM

      :( :( really sad

    • Jane September 18, 2011 at 3:27 PM

      Nigeria please please, we need to stand as one on this issue to ensure full justice is served. Now is the time to use all the connections and contacts that you have and can get. We need to stand up now for ladies that can’t do so for themselves to stop this recurring horrendous act.
      If you know any NGO that deals with rape cases, Governor of Abia state or his aides, minister for women affairs, NIGERIAN PRISON SERVICE (to arrange permanent bed space) even Boko Haram if possible and am not joking or anyone in authority please inform them about this barbaric act. It should be your duty to see that they take this matter very serious. I believe you were hurt by this story, please let that be your passion to ensure justice.
      I am deeply saddened by this and can’t believe fellow Nigerians can do this. The comment on twitter “rape is not a crime’ confirms that mental problems are definitely in Nigeria.
      Let us help this lady out. I believe we can all unify on this matter.

    • hard worker September 18, 2011 at 3:35 PM

      I feel so bad now! I have this boyfriend and will be having my introduction next weekend. He told me he raped 4 friends in the space of 4 months because they led his girl friend then astray…..He gave so many reasons to justify his act and says He is a changed person n all.but now my whole family knows about him n don’t wonna think of leaving Him ‘cos of this.

      • readysetgo September 18, 2011 at 6:27 PM

        Goodluck getting married to a pervert. My older sister is married to a man from Abia state who is a pervert and paedophile. He has been sexually abusing my sister’s underage housekeeper to the extent that my mom had to go to their house and get the poor girl from there who is not even 13 years old yet. My 7 years old niece (my sister’s daughter) is also complaining of pains in her private area. My family is suspecting that her father is messing around with his own daughter too. Funnily enough, my sister kept defending the loser until everything blew up into the open when he sexually molested the underage daughter of a friend of my mom’s who was sent to my sister’s house on an errand.

        All too often, because most Nigerian women are so desperate to bear “MRS”, they settle for anything. How you plan to raise a family with a rapist is beyond me. If you have any daughters in the future, he will not hesitate to sleep with them too. If you have any young female househelps, consider yourself in trouble because you best believe he will sleep with them also. This rape behavior is not something that forms overnight. Baby boys are not naturally born with that tendancy. It is a learned habit and says alot about how a man was brought up to view the opposite sex/gender. I hope you made him take STD tests because I do not think that rapists use condoms. A man who rapes women also suffers from an underlying mental issue.

        Again, goodluck getting married to a pervert because gurl, you gon’ need it!

        • aah September 19, 2011 at 8:43 AM

          Very well said.

      • Graceful September 18, 2011 at 6:44 PM

        If he’s really sorry, ask him to go and make amends.He should go and make retribution for his wrong. If he does that, then he’s really changed. If he does not or he says he can’t, then please carefully and prayerfully consider your relationship.

      • Grace September 18, 2011 at 7:03 PM

        So you have a so-called boyfriend who is a rapist and you are still forging ahead with the wedding abi na introduction? Why are some Nigerian women so desperate and daft? Do you see all the curses being rained upon these rapists and their generation yet unborn? What if similar curses have been placed on your soon-to-be husband when he chose to rape 4 females in a span of four months? In the near future, when nothing good works out for your family and unborn children, you will start blaming your enemies when it is in fact the curses placed upon your husband for behaving like a wild beast in his shady past that is at work.

        • KYLE September 18, 2011 at 11:02 PM

          The same way Nigerians are desperate and daft when it comes to paying tithe. Tithe is not by force, if it were we would’ve all been dead by now.

      • Drpeperempe September 18, 2011 at 7:48 PM

        and you are going ahead with that marriage? u wouldnt love yourself much for that decision honey! God help u!

      • jaygirl September 18, 2011 at 8:26 PM

        Am very sorry for you. You better listen to the voice of God before its too late.

      • Nma September 18, 2011 at 8:49 PM

        my dear, if he has the nerve to still be justifying what he did, instead of completely taking responsibility for his past heinous crime, then HE HAS NOT TRULY CHANGED. KPOM! He will do it again when prompted, either that or something similar…because he obviously does not see the full picture!

      • onome September 18, 2011 at 9:36 PM

        sorry it’s so sad that u are getting engaged to this guy but pls for the sake of Ur unborn children think twice ,the 4 girls he raped must have one or more of them at least placed a curse on him.my dear sit down and image someone raping u then u will understand what I’m trying to tell u good luck

        • aah September 19, 2011 at 8:50 AM

          Exactly if she were a victim of rape she would not have this mindset…i mean she is considering marrying a guy that can justify raping 4 girls in 4 months….smh.

      • WTF September 19, 2011 at 1:41 AM

        REALLY? Are you really kidding me. pls tell me you are kidding. you are willing to live the rest of your life with this man and have kids for him. are you waiting for him to rape your mother and daughter when they lead you astray that is when you would react, that is if you react.
        WHY DID YOU POST THIS? ARE YOU EXPECTING US TO FEEL SORRY FOR YOU AND SYMPATHIZE WITH YOU AND ASK FOR GOD TO SEE YOU THROUGH? PLEASE HIDE YOUR HEAD IN SHAME BECAUSE YOU CAN ACCEPT A MAN THAT HAS DONE SUCH A THING TO YOUR FELLOW GIRLS. SHAME ON YOU.

        • uismportant September 19, 2011 at 8:57 PM

          double shame on her ass

    • Antonia September 18, 2011 at 3:42 PM

      I am more than a little disgusted by this. There was a similar case in the UK not too long ago. The rapists filmed their act of lunacy and sent the video to fellow friends/students bragging about what they’d done. Well, once the British police are in possesion of evidence like that, you will no doubt be locked up.
      The sentences received weren’t as harsh as they should have been but no doubt they’ve been sent to jail where fellow inmates will inflict their own punishment on them.

      I would like to think the Nigerian police have a similar approach and that an investigation is underway as we speak (naïve maybe).

      I just hope that the perpetrators get what’s coming to them…and that includes all those who took the time to comment on the vid.

    • Osemhen September 18, 2011 at 3:42 PM

      This is the first I’m hearing of this oh. Wow! So sorry for the poor girl. So really, really sorry.

      The image in my mind is so horrendous, I can’t even process an appropriate response. A guy could be so cruel? Why? Why?

    • simbo September 18, 2011 at 3:43 PM

      We need to bring this to the attention of the authorities! It circulated round the Campus, the school authorities cannot deny that they have no knowlegde of this. Can we send a petition somewhere on her behalf. What can we do? We can’t just read and go on wthout taking action. What can we do? I’m down

    • Ayo.N September 18, 2011 at 3:46 PM

      I do concur with you on the point that I can’t also believe or find a reason why men nor women would even watch this clip. I am not amazed at some men saying that she victim could have led them on, is this not a country that still believes they a man cannot rape his wife or that if a man beats his wife,he was provoked. What people need to start understanding is that there is no excuse for this beastly acts, and not until you watch the clip does it make it real, what do you need to see? Proof? Like m linking this with domestic violence cos they are issues which both touches me personally, was titilayo omojoze’s death enough proof that it exist, so why sit down and watch a sickening video of someone being gang raped like that would help, how about making sure the link never opens, so as to make sure our young ones don’t get the wrong motivation by these so called adults! Also giving these perpetrators no satisfaction that they wanted by sharing this link. I have two words for them; YOU’RE SICK!

    • Bukola September 18, 2011 at 4:02 PM

      I keep getting the chills each time I hear this sad story. This should never happen to anyone, good or evil. The psychological effects on the victim is very deep and one that will stay with her forever, except by the grace of God. It’s another painful reminder of how insecure our country is, and how justice is almost never served. But we’ve got to move forward from our feelings, to actions.What justice can the victim get? How can we all work together to ensure the perpetrators face the law and get their deserved punishments? Linda Ikeji mentioned on her blog that she has contacted an aide to the Abia state governor, who said the governor had seen the video and “plans to take it up on Monday, September 19″. We wait to see his actions. If no positive step is taken by the government, I am willing to join with others to stage a public protest in this regard.

      If we can just put ourselves in this girl’s shoes, if only. Keep quiet and it becomes, like every other insecurity ‘plague’ terrorizing our nation today, a recurring crime.

      Yesterday, it was someone we do not know, tomorrow, it could be someone close to us; we must not be quiet and let this one pass!

    • missme September 18, 2011 at 4:05 PM

      You’ll probably get loads of comments about how we should bring this to the Governments attention, start NGO’s to fight rape, prosecute all rapists in the court of law blah,blah, blah, but the sad reality is that even the girl in question might end up not wanting to do anything about it and “move on with her life”. For as long as we continue to treat sexual issues in Nigeria as some form of taboo topic, articles like these are going to be the most justice victims are going to get, as Kelis said “you cant fight for or against something no one is willing to talk about or even admit exist”.

    • keji September 18, 2011 at 4:06 PM

      WOMEN DO NOT NEED TO BE PROTECTED BY MEN! WE CAN PROTECT OUR DAMN SELVES! Carry pepper spray in your bag. For those in Naija, carry a small knife, something to fight back. It is this ideology that we “need protection” that makes us vulnerable to such attacks. If they see that you won’t take shit for kicks, they will know better than to come back. This is exactly why I never leave my house without my pepper spray and mini-taser. Last Christmas, I bought pepper spray for all my cousins living in Naija, both male and female, because people are CRAZY! I watched the video and was in tears because this poor girl couldn’t fight back. WE NEED TO TAKE CHARGE LADIES! PROTECT YOURSELF!

      • WTF September 19, 2011 at 1:59 AM

        Really? Like that is the solution to this nation’s problem?

      • mee September 20, 2011 at 12:48 AM

        totally agree with you! while I was in a Nigerian University, off campus, I had three incidents when I could have been raped broad daylight! Two was in my off-camp rooms, one I quickly jumped up and grabbed my biggest kitchen knife and advanced the dude, he backed off. Second, was another dude, acting all nice & sweet but came to my room to attack me, I smashed a big pot on his head, threw objects at him & screamed, he fled !
        Third incident, I was on a bike/okada within the school and the bikeman without asking decided to take a lonely bushy route, acting suspicous, I screamed and alerted people ! WOMEN NO ONE CAN PROTECT YOU BETTER THAN YOURSELF & GOD !

    • Temi, Published September 18, 2011 at 4:16 PM

      Whoever made that comment on twitter needs help because that is such a twisted perspective. How can a violation of your person be surprise?! That is so warped. The person is almost trivializing this incidence. Haba?!

    • didi Ekeh September 18, 2011 at 4:32 PM

      I can’t even find d right words to express my dismay on ds issue.. I watched d video n I am still in shock. Things like these were never peculiar to our culture. Wen did we start bombing n video raping people, when did all these unfortunate habits of our youths begin. A few weeks back I wrote a piece on how our fathers had failed us and we intern were on our way to failing our children now I can’t help but admit that we have infact failed ourselves and our unborn children. Imagine what our tomorrow will be like if our today is like this. My heart goes out to this young girl. Only God knows what she must be going through only God knows if she has not been killed already.

    • A Nigerian September 18, 2011 at 4:37 PM

      Time to wipe off the dust cap people. Rape and molestation is a norm in Nigeria. 1 in every 5 Nigerian girl has been molested at some point in her life by a relative, raped by a tout or by a classmate. That I have not ransacked the internet searching for this said video is testimony that I am not surprised that this has happened. Yes, my soul cries for the victim and I hope that she finds the strength to survive this atrocious act committed against her, knowing that she did absolutely nothing wrong. I do not care if she walked down the street butt naked, a no is a no!

      Accordingly, we shouldn’t merely concern ourselves with getting this shame off the internet to cover our asses but we should concern ourselves with advocacy for female rights and equality. I know many Nigerian girls –raped and molested– who are ashamed to speak about their demise because they believe “no man will marry them if they find out they have been defiled by another man; people will think she must have brought it upon herself based on her outfit, or interactions with them; and even worse, they always wonder, “why? who will fight for me? will these men be brought to justice?” Nigerians, our political, socio-cultural, economic, and formal, and informal institutions are highly flawed and shamelessly incompetent. Reforms are imperative! Gender inequality in all aspect of society life continues to thread successfully, as we have passively accepted a system of social hierachy where women are always considered second place to men. Where gender appropriate perceptions may stipulate that if a woman studies up to PhD level, then her chances to marry a Nigerian man diminishes.

      On taking appropriate measures for punishment, I am conflicted. While they should spend the entirety of their miserable lives in prison, they neither deserve to die (as it will be too easy, and they would not feel the full effect of the pain they have inflicted on this girl in question), they also do not deserve to live (although daily mutilation and starvation leading to the slowest most painful death could suffice).

      To the animals who raped her: You are not men. You are impotent. I know many Nigerian men. And they are men. And if my God is alive like I believe he is, then he has reserved a special inferno for you all in hell.

      • ME September 19, 2011 at 3:35 AM

        where are u getting your “numbers” from? don’t think subjective views will do anybody any good. People should stop using this issue to push their own agenda/bias opinions. Bottom line the rapists should be brought to justice and the victim should be helped c’est fini.

        • aah September 19, 2011 at 8:55 AM

          It is the TRUTH actually people will never suspect that someone like me has been molested before. Nobody talks about it and I’m sure no one would have known about this girl if not for the video.

    • Ayo.N September 18, 2011 at 4:48 PM

      Sorry , I read tha comment from “Hardworker” justifying that your bf once raped 4 women don’t help, he raped them to avenge. Whatever they did to his so called ex, and you even think an introduction is the next step? I would recommend that he seeks help first with his obvious rape issue, cos darling I hate to spell it out to you, he could do the same to you, and say” oh you are my wife , how could I rape you?”.put it this way, did he have to rape these four friends on revenge or is he just a sick control freak, who can’t take no for an answer.from my heart hun,he needs help and I mean professional help.

    • Ayo.N September 18, 2011 at 4:52 PM

      Sorry , I read tha comment from “Hardworker” justifying that your bf once raped 4 women don’t help, he raped them to avenge. Whatever they did to his so called ex, and you even think an introduction is the next step? I would recommend that he seeks help first with his obvious rape issue, cos darling I hate to spell it out to you, he could do the same to you, and say” oh you are my wife , how could I rape you?”.put it this way, did he have to rape these four friends on revenge or is he just a sick control freak, who can’t take no for an answer.from my heart hun,he needs help and I mean professional help.

      • Girl September 26, 2011 at 8:27 AM

        I wouldn’t say u r stupid 4 wantin 2 marry dis man.4 me dt God helped 2 escape being raped nd watched a friend being raped at gunpoint,i knw wat it feels like.i’ld advise dt u weigh d pros nd cons.is dt man rily worth u takin d risk?dere’s law of karma waitin,d girls’ curses waitin.think nd make ur decision.once u r in it,u can’t get out of it.think cos it’s ur life

    • toriola September 18, 2011 at 4:57 PM

      yeah the “where is the video” demands made on other blogs was what made me lose hope in humanity even more so than the actual crime committed. /glory, like you rightly so asked, why would any thing (man or woman) born of a female want to watch a female dishonored by 5 men? this incident, i heard has happened for over a month yet no arrests have been made. why am i inclined to believe some law enforcement agents have watch that video but were rather entertained? no the US is not the safest place but when a crime is committed AND recorded, trust me someone will be on their way to jail. i doff my hats to everyone of you has mustered the courage to move back to Nigeria. my one-liner is “i cannot live in a society that doesn’t have an equivalent 9-1-1 system” i cannot live in a society whereby a drowning man will only be saved if his family agrees to pay N250,000.00 (Rip Mr Abaniwonda). I cannot relocate to a country where every police man in a police uniform is willing to rob and kill business men and label them arm robbery suspect….and in allof these, every nigeria lives on the mantra “God will punish evil doers” yet right before us, none of these evil doers get punish. only the innocent pay the debt of the evil doers. I am ashamed of Nigeria!

    • Sugabelly September 18, 2011 at 5:35 PM

      Everyone!! I watched the video and got the names of the rapists off the video! Their names are UCHENNA, ZAKI, WISDOM, CHISOM, and IFEANYI/UGBAANYI (the only name that wasn’t clear). http://www.sugabellyrocks.com/2011/09/i-am-calling-human-flesh-search.html I am also collecting any information we can get about them on my blog so please if you have any information about these men please let me know. I am calling a Human Flesh Search on them to expose them so please post as much personal information you can get about these men as you can.

    • osa September 18, 2011 at 5:47 PM

      what i think is most shameful and annoying is the fact that this tape has been viral for a couple of days and weeks now and nothing has been done to the boys. no word form any law enforcement agency or government official has said a word about it. it is scary. i do not know “anyone” whom i could press to ensure the biys are fished out and prosecuted immediately, but i have posted comments on twitter to as many popular and hopefully connected people, whom i pray will know someone who could do something about it fast. we must not sweep this under the carpet. someone’s sister will be next of we do. are we animals???
      am proud of linda ikeji who has refused to send out the video to readers who have requested for it (just imagine!!!) and has promised to see this to the end. Ms Bella naija, you must take up this charge as well!!! imajine the effrontery

    • Uchechi September 18, 2011 at 5:47 PM

      Whaaaattt…for shizzle, in ABSU hian…Lord have mercy! Seriously there should be strict measures in Nigeria to combact such indecent behaviours and the likes. They should be severely punished for raping the lady and posting it online..na wa oo, they get mind! My heart goes out to the lady, may God heal her wounds (physically, emotionally and mentally), give her courage and strength IJN.

    • nokidding September 18, 2011 at 6:05 PM

      You know, I read about this on Linda Ikeji’s blog. You see, it is things like this that made me fear Nigerian and even African men. I remember when I was first brought to Nigeria at age 7, the first thing I noticed was the high levels of sexism in the country. When I went to elementary school, a young boy my age told another girl my age that “women’s education ends in the kitchen.” By the time I entered boarding school, I had a classmate who was forced to be in and out of school because of a painful swollen foot. She explained to me that a man placed something at her door and she stepped on it because she refused his advances and offer for marraige. We were teenagers in our mid-teens at the time mind you. As an adult, I have heared Nigerian men make mean, vindictive comments severally about the Nigerian woman like they were not born to one.

      It is due to stories like this as well as personal experiences that I am weary of ever living in Nigeria or raising a family there. As a matter of fact, I will not want any of my daughters marrying a Nigerian if I can help it. This is a country were churches and mosques are at every street corner. Yet, we Nigerians are known the world over to be scammers, rogues, drug traffickers, abusive, you name it. Its like, as a people we are synonomous with nothing good. Women are considered nothing in that country and unfortunately, you have many women who join men in castigating their fellow women. If we Nigerians don’t change for the better, then I am sorry for future generations yet unborn. Alot of Nigerian men are SICK hence they can sleep with their 11, 12, and 13 year old housekeepers behind their wives back; hence they can engage in sodomy and justify their actions; hence they see nothing wrong in raping a female. Tommorrow now, my mother will be trying to convince me to come back to that sick country. She go wait tire!

      My prayers are with the young lady who got raped. May God help her get through this and may justice be served. Tomorrow now, when women like her end up not wanting men and/or marraige, some idiots will want to castigate them. Woe betide those who will castigate such women!

      Shalom

      • Ayoola September 19, 2011 at 11:03 PM

        Well, I don’t know where you live but this kind of thing probably happens a lot where you are too and there are apparently many unreported cases of rape and gang rape in societies around the whole world so please stop going on like it’s only in Nigeria that these evil things happen. Yes, it’s a terrible thing and I hate that justice is not pursued fervently here, however, if every Nigerian’s attitude is to hide away in another country sitting in your nice flat and be complaining about all that is going on here, how will the country be fixed? And contrary to what you may believe, there are many people including myself trying their hardest to do something concrete and relevant about all these ills besides talking from behind a computer.

    • chika September 18, 2011 at 6:07 PM

      DemiladeR, akinbayo and all those other twitter guys are standard attention seeking idiots! So that is the least of my worries. I really feel for the girl and what she’s going through right now, I hope she’s surrounded by ppl who can help her through this period. May God be with her

    • Yemi September 18, 2011 at 6:10 PM

      I couldn’t watch the video because i know i wouldn’t be able to sleep at night without seeing horrify images of the ordeal. First of all those boys parents have failed as parents no offense but they have failed. I am so disappointed in Nigeria right now these boys posted this video all around campus and on twitter it’s everywhere online they have evidence of these guys why isn’t anyone doing anything. This girl could be pregnant, infected she can’t go out without the whole world knowing she has been violated AND NO ONE IS DOING ANYTHING. That’s someone’s daughter why isn’t her family even doing something about it, maybe they’re blaming her too.

      Since yesterday this has ruined my weekend, if they allow this to go away what’s going to happen next is another group of boys will get a gun and film themselves shooting someone down and pass this around for pleasure. The crime was rape, the first insult was passing around the second insult is the silence and no one doing anything to help this girl. I’m so sorry I’m ranting but I’m so disappointed

      • Fabiyi Olawale September 19, 2011 at 10:11 AM

        You dont have to bring their parents into this..Its what they want to be they became..havent we seen people that had no parental care and are the best? everything in life is all about your own decision not what other people forced you into. They are responsible for theri actions not their parents..Dont they know left from right?

    • Shame! September 18, 2011 at 6:30 PM

      Today I feel really ashamed to be a Nigerian. Rape is a crime against everyone in society. Rapists deserve a place in the deepest pits of Hades, along with the terrorists, perverts and killers of this world.

      The reactions and comments generally have shown we still have decent people in the country; but a few have been sickening. Shame on them
      These brutes, these scum of the earth raped a young female, videoed it, and had the gall to make boastful threats in the video. This event occurred in a citadel of learning, the one place that should be a safe haven for any female student. This video has been circulating the internet for days, and not one arrest has been made.

      Where does our numbness to perversion and wrong start and stop in this nation? Today, a bomb blast kills hundreds of people in a dingy northern outpost, it makes the newspaper headlines for a few days, then next week that same newspaper sweeps it under the carpet, and publishes news about some corrupt politician’s wife’s expensive dress and jewelry at a society party. In Nigeria, the value of life is cheap, and now news is so bad that it shakes the national consciousness. The highest treatment serious mishaps get are probes or steering committees or inquiries which are just avenues to siphon public funds.

      What did this girl, this Nigerian queen, this future mother of generations do to deserve this treatment? Nobody should be raped to the extent that she begs to be killed? Who are they to force themselves upon a female? They had the gall to record their act, in defiance of the law or any consequences too.

      • ME September 19, 2011 at 3:43 AM

        Rape happens here is the US too, but you do not hear us saying “we feel really ashamed to be American or British etc”. stay focused on the issue here. It’s about justice not your perception of who u think you are. Just too may ppl complaining and doing nothing. News flash PEOPLE! complaining on BN won’t solve national problems, if you have something to say take it to the streets just like Egyptians.

        • Yellow Jacket September 19, 2011 at 8:55 PM

          Yes, Rape happens all over the world including the U.S. and Britain, but the difference is that it is a crime in which most offenders are brought to justice. Rapists don’t run rampant in the U.S. and Britain, I mean there is no way in hell that the same thing would happen and the rapists won’t be arrested as soon as they are discovered and jailed. The difference is that in Nigeria, there is no security especially for general public. So in Nigeria, this is not just as isolated incident, but a national issue. I do agree that citizens need to take to the streets and demand justice and security; you can’t sit there and complain and do nothing.

    • ao September 18, 2011 at 6:31 PM

      If the rapists think that they got away with raping the girl, they are big fools. I laugh at them because it is clear that they do not know the law of karma. There are things a man does to a woman and GOD will not look the other way. Everyone reaps what they sow. By raping this girl, the rapists have signed away their birth rights to enter heaven and will begin hell on earth. We, the commentators, may not see how things will play out in the lives of the rapists, but trust that it will not play out well. Their suffering has just commenced.

    • BigBen September 18, 2011 at 6:39 PM

      The desensitization of Nigeria started with words like “MY HEART GOES OUT TO XYZ”, “SUCH A SHAME”, “PEOPLE ARE EVIL”, “SORRY”, we say these words and relax back in our seat and feel like we have done our part…keep that SORRY, her friends, family and classmates would tell her enough of that, we need to get up our seats and act, if it is to start campus watch organizations on campuses, rally around the police headquarters and our legislative houses, do it, but don’t say sorry until you can say you have done enough to warrant saying the words

      • ME September 19, 2011 at 4:02 AM

        God bless you. My sentiments exactly. If the people seat and show no action of course the government will do nothing. People seating comfortably saying “aww” “sorry” “pele”, “it will get better”. Nobody is talking about ACTION! Of course the rapists feel bold enough to post the video since they know you lot are all selfish observers, the worst you’d do is gossip about it and talk about the national condition. I don’t see y some ppl are blaming the government when they should be blaming themselves. just as guilty as the rapists if you are in position to do something about it and still you lay dormant (—->those living in Naija).

    • Candid September 18, 2011 at 7:11 PM

      This is just a pointer to the breakdown of family values too. Dear mothers, please instil the right values in your sons. Sisters, speak to your brothers too. Teach them on the importance of respect to womanhood and how to treat us. For every blind eye that is turned to the misdemeanors of male folks, it is an encouragement to them that their actions are justifiable.

      • Fabiyi Olawale September 19, 2011 at 10:15 AM

        And who told you they werent taught well? let me use myself as an example, if i indulge in any bad behaviour and tarnish my parent’s name, i should be blamed for it because i had a very very good cultural and xtian up brining.. its about them..yes family has failed in some instances alot of other ways it comes from the individuals in question.. We need to ask ourselves some other questions, how she was lured into the room..This could serve as a point for others to learn from too

        • Candid September 19, 2011 at 6:00 PM

          No one needs to TELL ME. Their actions smack of a lack of the right values being instilled in them as kids and it is every parent’s responsibility to do that for their kids. The family is the bedrock of the society. Thank your parents/family for the good training they gave you, that is why Fabiyi Olawale is not one of the people who took part in this crime. This post is not about “how” the victim was lured into the room.

    • mygoodness September 18, 2011 at 7:21 PM

      This is why I really don’t like Nigeria and never have. Always wished that my parents were from a different African country. Nigeria is crawling with perverts, sex maniacs and paedophiles, add to that corruption and dishonesty. I see nothing good in the long term coming out of such a country. I blame both men and women for the decadence of our society. Women and men are suppose to raise their children right but all I see is Naija men and women popping babies out like its going out of style. Then when it comes time to raise said children, they cannot cope. The end result is what we are seeing now……boys who grow up to become untamed beasts with sexual appetites that pushes them to commit crime against humanity! Nigeria will soon surpass South Africa when it comes to rape and all sorts of crime. I am really hoping that this incidence does not get swept under the rug like its mostly done in Nigeria and may the culprits face the music!

      • sett September 19, 2011 at 1:39 AM

        i agree with you o my person. sadly,these men will one day get married and start their own families like none of these ever happend. some will even become pastors and run the largest mega churches…i ve seen several get away with evil it makes me wonder what’s the value in doing good

        • hanna onome September 19, 2011 at 1:59 PM

          don’t worry. God is not mocked. whatever a man sows, he will reap

      • Tola September 20, 2011 at 1:41 AM

        You’re of course entitled to your opinion. I do wonder why someone who doesn’t “like Nigeria” and never has is doing on bellaNAIJA.com. You do realise that “Naija” is a nickname for Nigeria right?

        • annonymous2 September 26, 2011 at 3:55 PM

          Please stop referring to the culprits as human beings! this is a heinous crime against humanity. Even the animal kingdom has laws that members keep to….The victim? She can only be a corpse. only God’s love can heal her and it will take immense effort from human beings for her to get to a place of peace. Rape by one ……..? Hell! five ………..?

    • O.B September 18, 2011 at 7:33 PM

      I watched a clip of the video (after reading comments on twitter that the rape wasn’t ‘brutal’). I wanted to analyse the incident and form an opinion of my own. I am a lawyer. The quality of the video was (fortunately) very poor so the victim’s face/the atrocious acts being performed weren’t very clear. From what I was able to gather, the victim in the video appeared lucid and calm. No screams, no struggles, no tears. At some point she was partially conversing with the rapists for example, one of them mentioned something about ‘hearing her stories’ and she asked ‘what did you hear about me?’ Rape victims are typically too traumatised to ask questions about petty rumours whilst they are being raped. In a nutshell she didn’t ‘appear’ to be as devastated as the average rape victim, this is probably why some people ERRONEOUSLY (emphasis on ‘erroneously’) believe the rape wasn’t ‘brutal’. However, they are wrong because rape by its inherent definition is one of the most brutal acts any woman or man could ever be subjected to. The absence of physical violence or the fact that the rapists weren’t thrusting viciously doesn’t detract from the intrinsically barbaric act of rape committed by the aggressors. In any case the victim was probably subdued by the menacing assailants hence why she chose to ‘cooperate’. A word she used several times during the incident. She asked severally ‘Am i not cooperating’?

      Statistics (in the west) reveal that a huge proportion of rapes victims personally know their assailants. This recent incident in Abia State University (albeit in Nigeria not in the West) confirms this odd trend. The rape victim referred to one of the assailants by his name ‘Uchenna’, she knew him personally.

      I have theorized that the victim was lured into an enclosed area (maybe Uchenna is a love interest). Unknown to her, Uchenna had orchestrated a ‘gang banging session’ with his friends. ‘As far as we know’, the victim didn’t report this incident to the authorities or to aunt. I believe her decision not to report this heinous crime was informed by fear. Fear that her family/friends/police would ask ‘why did you go into that bedroom in the first place?’ Fear that people would judge her for attempting to engage in pre-marital sexual relations with Uchenna. Fear that people would spit at her in disgust and retort in disdain ‘You asked for it!’ The victim probably believes that she ‘deserved’ it. Sadly, her fears were warranted. Nigeria is a country where victims are victimized for being victims. If I could speak to the victim, I would say to her: You did not consent to sex with all those boys; you categorically pleaded and begged the boys to stop raping you; you are a victim of rape; you didn’t ‘INVITE’ rape. The possibility that you may have consented to sex with Uchenna even underscores the merciless nature of the episode that you endured i.e. that you were ruthlessly abused by somebody you trusted.

      These men must pay for what they did… ultimately the Governor and the courts must ensure that justice is given effect but if there is any way we can assist please let us know. Voicing our opinions simply isn’t enough.

      • Yemi September 19, 2011 at 12:56 AM

        I agree with a lot of what you have said, but to add to it as someone who has not watched the video but a law student. Many may see the act as not brutal and although I find the question ‘what did you hear about me?’ so trivial during such an act this may be her way of distracting herself from what is really going on. Many people react differently in different situations

        Also it is true about rape taking place most between victims and assailants who know themselves this is because rape is seen as a quest for power than passion. This is because sex is so easily available that if anyone really wanted sex they could easily pay a prostitute for it or find someone who actually want to do it so when it happens in such circumstances it is not for the passion of the rapist but to show the victim that they have power over them as these boys have done.

        Also I wanted to ask during the video (I know that it doesn’t make a difference whether or not violence was used) but what was the atmosphere like was there any form of aggression and during the conversations that took place were they light or were they spoken with venom (from either side). Also did there seem to be any cause for the victim to fear for her life because I know it may not matter but it may be questioned why she did not put up any form of fight (I know five boys are daunting but you can always find a way around this did she even plead).

        I once heard of a case where it was argued that the woman was crying ‘stop’ and this could be considered as her enjoying the act as some woman during sex scream stop but don’t really mean for it to stop and that instead she should have scream ‘NO’. In your writing she doesn’t seem to have said anything to show she was against the act except that she was ‘cooperating’ but was there anything more?

        Also why do you think she was consenting to sex with Uchenna (just curious?). She may not be coming forward either because she is embarrassed I mean just about everyone has seen the video and also maybe she doesn’t think the law will agree with her. And she is probably still traumatized there are so many reasons.

        • WTF September 19, 2011 at 10:52 AM

          I have not seen the video and i have no intentions what so ever, but from what i heard, in the beginning she was pleading and crying, speaking Igbo and English asking them “Uchenna, what did i do to you….. for an hour or more, who can cry for that long? i also read from Linda Ikeji’s blog that she was beaten by the boys in the start of the video.
          @ Yemi, whatever kind of relationship she had with Uchenna, be it her mother’s new husband, her sister fiance, her pastor etc it doesn’t matter at this moment, nobody deserves to be treated the way she was treated. Our society is bad now and many people may not admit it but way back, you have to be ashamed to have a bf but these days we flaunt it. so if she is ashamed of it that has nothing to do with what they did to her.

      • aah September 20, 2011 at 6:33 AM

        I think you are a pervert when you feel she has no right to question what was being done to her especially since she knew them personally. Yes she wanted to know what they heard about her that would make then do such a thing. It is the attitude of men like you and the rapists that make some women hate naija men………….smh.

    • O.B September 18, 2011 at 7:47 PM

      p.s- whilst i wouldn’t encourage people to watch the video (due to the disturbing scenes and the delicate nature) I will say that the viral spread of this video will actually work in FAVOUR of the victim. The assaulters most likely did not expect the video to circulate at this rate; they probably wanted it to be an ‘inner circle’ thing. Assailants tape video recordings and usually do not envisage that these recordings will eventually work against them in the future. So contrary to opinions on this board I beg to differ as regards the view that ‘watching the video has fulfilled the aims of the rapists’. Instead it has depicted these rapists in a negative light and has catapulted them into the public arena. It has generated an outcry of revolt and anger and galvanized masses of people to stand up and do something about it. Some people are able to stomach gruesome scenes hence why people watch videos of terrorists decapitating hostages. It doesn’t make them ‘sick’ or ‘perverted’. Exert your energy on bringing the culprits to justice.

    • ber September 18, 2011 at 7:52 PM

      I am so happy that you brought this up. though i watched about 2 mins of video, i couldn’t bring myself to finish because i was crying and this could happen to anyone… Those guys are brutal and i hope they will be punished for what they did to that girl because no matter what she did to them she doesn’t deserve it

    • asa September 18, 2011 at 7:58 PM

      i cnt explain in words or any form how i feel abt this … those guys n any body that support rape should die

    • Evilicious September 18, 2011 at 8:07 PM

      People are saying the rape wasnt brutal? nawa o having sex with a girl without her consent is brutal enough and I believe those 5 guys over powered her. And sum1 is talking about 4 classes of rape? God forbid! rape is rape, I bet if she was ur sister or mother all that education of classes of rape would be thrown out the window…its just so sad what we condone in Nigeria nowadays..may God deliver us..And people are blaming it on what she wore. Those men still had a choice not to rape her regardless of her outfit…so no one should even bring up that crap.

    • Obi September 18, 2011 at 8:47 PM

      I remember a conversation with my sister in law where we discussed choices and influence. Sure, a person can do things that will prompt you to react in a certain way. but to a large degree, you have the power to choose your reaction. These beasts rape a girl and post the video for all to see and someone has the guts to say its indecent dressing? Ok, if she dressed indecently, which is another topic all together, couldn’t these pigs have chosen to ask her to dress decently, or better still looked the other way? … instead of satisfying their quick-to-spring-to-life sexual urges? I remember a lecture/seminar by the late Pastor Bimbo Odukoya where she stated emphatically that men can easily be dogs without Jesus (in my opinion, Jesus does not dwell with only Christians, but with all men with the desire to live good lives, christian or not) … these pigs in men’s skin have just proven her right. Self control is a quality lacking in many. Even if the girl dressed decently, they may have come up with “she was out walking alone”, or “she insulted us” just to excuse an act inspired by satan himself.

    • onome September 18, 2011 at 9:29 PM

      what i can’t comprehend is the state of mind of the girl and the mind set of those that sat down and watched a rape video, how where they feeling watching it? i know i can’t and if i even see a glimpse of it i will be traumatized

    • http://mynaijalifestyle.blogspot.com September 18, 2011 at 9:47 PM

      dis so very sad. d end isn’t so far away anymore is it? no conscience in so many pple anymo.

    • Yomi September 18, 2011 at 10:37 PM

      1st of all i want to say, God bless all of us who have openly come out to condemn this including the author! Now, as someone suggested, WE must do something. WE must bring about the change we want to see. If we are all committed, the same way “Dont pick up 0941″ rumor spread like wild fire, this can and will HIT the appropriate authorities. I was so disgusted when Izienthefreak (that is his/her twitter handle) said “some girls deserve to be raped though”. WOW! I am still trying to analyse that comment and probably see the “joke” in it, but i just CANT! He or she represents the growing decadence in some of our youths. Even if it was a joke, we should get to the point and realise SOMETHINGS are not worth joking about! We keep blaming government for everything, but charity does begin at home. I guess, if it was his mum, sister or girlfriend……Also like someone rightly pointed out, we must educate people and raise female standards. More often than not, you have women being called BITCHES or HOES and a lot of our Nigerian youth actively follow these hoodlums(celebrities) with low moral standards and laugh about their tweets that openly insult women and reduce them to sex items and objects! I am proudly a woman and will not have wish it another way, and I WILL slap the living day light of any man who calls me a bitch or a hoe EVEN IF I AM STRUTTING AROUND NAKED (which i will never be). God help us and lets help ourselves. WE must do something for this young lady.

    • namesabi September 18, 2011 at 10:56 PM

      I am still shivering and shuddering at the images this news dredged up in my mind!
      I saw Mr. Dele Momodu’s comment above, that’s good but what else is he gonna do about it? God placed us all in positions of influence for such a time as this. BTW, I have done and i’m still doing my bit about this issue. Bella, you can’t just pontificate too, do something now! God bless.

    • Yomi September 18, 2011 at 11:02 PM

      Who is izienthefreak on twitter? He/She said “some women deserve to be raped though”. Because the truth is rapist live amongst us so we might as well begin to REVEAL them. Any man who justifies rape, no matter the circumstance, is a RAPIST at heart! We must do something. Can we send it as a broadcast so that it reaches authorities somehow? After all, dont pick up “0941″ made headlines. WE MUST DO SOMETHING. Remember, evil thrives when good men do nothing!

    • Adej September 18, 2011 at 11:29 PM

      Its nt jst abt makin comments, let us start organising rallies, campaigns anytin to let d authourities knw we are serious

    • Efe September 19, 2011 at 1:31 AM

      Since i read this on linda’s blog on saturday night i have not been my self. I really wonder how people could have the heart to watch such a video. What are they going to gain from it. These people are just perverts to watch the video. They have raped the girl twice over again. They have robbed her of any dignity left. As for the barstard evil dogs that did this to her they have already been cursed by me in other post. I think death will be better for them because their life is going to be useless that is for sure. I hope that poor is ok now. What can we do to help her?

    • Winnie September 19, 2011 at 2:03 AM

      Before we can even do anything about this issue, lets ask ourselves what we should do to our pervert political leaders. A leader is suppose to be a role model, so what we are seeing now is partly from the message our leaders sent. That women are nothing but piece of meat to be used, chewed on, degraded and thrown away. Is it not the culture our leaders have been teaching our young men. Who will hold them responsible the same men who acts even worse than these young men. Then women also play a very big role in this. when we run after men and sell our bodies for material gains, we do nothing but teach the men how to treat us. Look at our female celebrities and the way they scandalize themselves all in the name of fame. until we start to respect ourselves as women then these beast we have in Nigeria will continue to defile innocent young women. Women have been conditiioned to see themselves as second class citizens in Nigeria, so we sit quietly and accept the attrocities done to us everyday and this include women in matrimonial homes who have been so dehumaned that they act like robots with expired batteries. To this young woman….I am truly sorry….the men in Nigeria have failed you, women have failed you, our leaders have failed you…Nigeria has failed you.

      • WTF September 19, 2011 at 11:52 AM

        We(Nigerians) have to come to the realization that people would live their lives the way they would, stop looking at how celebrities are presenting themselves. You are indirectly saying that it is our fault, you agree or not.
        Women are women’s worst enemy, i am a woman and i am upset at what you wrote. if you train up your child properly and show her right and wrong, she would grow up and choose for herself the kind of person she wants to be, if she wants to imitate them or not. not because of the choices/mistakes of few every person should be punished for it.

    • busola September 19, 2011 at 2:26 AM

      This is one of the numerous reasons I don’t see myself returning back to Nigeria. I can handle racism but not 24/7 insecurity. I am very short of words but one thing I have noticed is that the Nigerian society avoids discussion about rape, and ever so often, the victim is blamed . Hence the reason why not so many people come out about this. Unfortunately, it is still a major issue. I lived my early teens in Nigeria and lived in solid fear of rape. I took extra care to my dressing so as not to entice rapists…I was always told majority of rape cases is the girl’s fault…why is her skirt short? Why did she go to the boy’s house? While it might seem partly sensible to take these questions into consideration, that still doesn’t justify rape. Unless our perception about rape in Nigeria changes, we are very far from the solution. Discussions about rape and its effects should be encouraged not seen as a taboo. As for the lady involved, before ppl be talking justice, it is important we ensure she is ok.. This matter is too serious for anyone not to contemplate suicide. While justice is good, the emotional pain runs deep. She needs to be taken to a rehabilitation center and needs to be kept under constant watch for about a year.

    • Mabooboo_ September 19, 2011 at 2:27 AM

      @A_Nigerian

      How succinct. Now I understand what Glory’s stance on this issue is, and her complete disgust at the evidently unseemly act of even “watching” this rape video.

      But this is not the point. The fact that this video is online doesn’t change the fact that our society is depraved. In fact, I think that more people should watch this video so it can increase their awareness of the level of depravity that’s around them.

      Rape is not a “norm” as has been stated countless time. To say that the defilement of a woman’s body is a normal act is a deviation from the truth. It promotes the false idea that this act itself is our basic human behavior. It isn’t true at all. Rape is not a normal aspect of our society. It is a depraved act committed by depraved people.

      My concern is this: What has been done regarding this tape? Is there an investigation into the identity of the rapists? Has this girl been given medical care/attention? What has been done with regards to safety around the area where the rape was perpetrated?

      These are the questions. This is what we should be asking ourselves, and more qualified individuals.

      We cannot afford to have this situation repeated.

      • Sonda September 19, 2011 at 1:48 PM

        Sexual abuse is the norm in Nigeria, whether you want to accept it or not. Teachers in high school abuse students, uncle and aunts abuse the little children the live with. Students rape girls all the time, that can be seen from the comment of the woman who is marrying a man who raped 4 girls is 4 months as punishment for being rude to his then girl friend and is justifying it.From parents sending their girls to Europe to become prostitutes and Nigerian women become their pimps, under aged girls. It is the norm in our society but we say absolutely nothing about it, because the victim is always blamed. Yes Nigeria is a depraved society, the earlier we accept our problem, then we can come up with a solution. Please let’s not live in denial. With the billions of churches that we have in that country and other places of worship, it seems as if the devil is just getting more ground.

    • WTF September 19, 2011 at 3:13 AM

      WHEN WE REALIZE THAT WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE, EVERY INDIVIDUAL IN HIS HOLY CORNER THAT IS WHEN WE CAN MOVE FORWARD. EVERY BODY IS ANGRY AS THEY WERE IN YERIMA (NOT SURE OF THE SPELLING) AND HIS 13YR OLD WIFE’S TIME. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THEM NOW…….I GUESS EVERYBODY HAS FORGOTTEN.
      THOSE ABROAD SAYING THEY CAN COME TO THEIR COUNTRY FOR ONE REASON OR THE OTHER, YOU ARE AS RESPONSIBLE AS EVERYONE ELSE. I HOPE WE CAN FIGHT AND MAINTAIN THIS ANGER UNTIL WE ALL SEE JUSTICE AND THE END OF THIS AND EVERY OTHER IN JUSTICE.

    • Hhhmmm September 19, 2011 at 4:03 AM

      I never comment on people’s stuff, but that is not the case right now. I just felt this chill run down through my spin. I am almost ashamed as though i am the victim. How can such act take place and then publicizing it. OMG i am so furious. As a matter of fact why do people always equate a girl being raped as being provocative or prone to show her body. As though people have never heard of other situations contrary to what they say “She asked for it.” It is ridiculous that those guys can look at their mothers and turn around and do this to a woman. They have totally just ruined someone’s life but my prayer goes for the victim and for all other women out there who have gone through the same experience. If only the police or government will go find those individuals that swore they were never fed or raised by a woman and throw those suckers in jail for life. This is totally ridiculous, and a shame to Nigeria.

    • Evilicious September 19, 2011 at 4:25 AM

      @ Hard worker, did u say he raped four friends? how do u rape sum1 let alone a friend? my dear pls get out of that situation. The fact that he is justifying it says a lot.This is not a case where by the guy is repentant saying he is a changed person doesn’t mean anything.Do u see the change in Him? Nowadays girls are so quick to rush into marriage. My dear wait, pray about it. It is not worth it, its better for you to get rid of him now, family members or no family members, than to do deal with cases of sexual immorality of all sorts in your marriage later on. Talk to someone with Godly counsel about this before you go ahead with ur introduction pls. GoodLuck.

    • Jury2011 September 19, 2011 at 4:51 AM

      I watched the video and was appalled but my question is in no where in that long video did i hear hear scream or shout for help or show any discomfort. She just laid there as they took turns. I really want to know why she didnt scream or shout. In a court of law, it almost look consented except in one scene she said ” You guys should kill me” but she was not crying, she was not shouting for help – she was almost compoting in all the scenes. I dont know what to think now.

      • aah September 19, 2011 at 12:55 PM

        You are just something else. The first thing rapist do is to put fear in you. I don’t think most rape victims scream while it is going on.

    • spicy(Disheartended) September 19, 2011 at 5:23 AM

      There is a link posted where we can sign a petition. I ‘m not sure how much that can do but i hope it helps. I’m out of words and disgusted for this injustice. Those boys have the guts to not just rape, but share the video. like serious what rubbish ! this is someone’s rights!! her human rights that were violated. they deserve full course of justice for this shameful act they’ve committed.

      How can we locate the girl,counsel her,comfort and provide help to her, i wonder if anyone knows.

      i myself have been a victim of this hideous act. the worst of all it was a so called family member who happens to be well known in the country! i feared for family ties that could be broken ,hence i kept quiet. I know he’ll pay for it. It is sad but incidence close to this and mine happen rampantly in Nigeria.

      If there’s anyone involved in an NGO relating to female gender or the likes people contact me.

      @ EVERYONE please if you are related to “SOMEBODY” in Nigeria that can do something/anything about this case PLEASE help. Dont just say sorry ,eeya and move on with your life. This is one of many cases and who knows how many more to happen.

    • Merc September 19, 2011 at 6:38 AM

      ever since i read about this i have not been myself..like you said so many questions but no answers…i also feel ashamed and helpless for the victim…I just hope that the animals that raped her realize that they would one day have a daughter and their sins would always visit their children…my heart goes out to the victim…Shame on the animals that did this,they should not be called men but animals!!

    • la September 19, 2011 at 7:59 AM

      aaaaaaaarrrrrrrggggggghhhhhh! i hate it,i hate it ,i hate it with a passion! it breaks my heart over and over and over again when i hear of rape. I cnt begin to decipher the pain and shame of how the girl must have felt. its bad enuf being raped by one man.most women never get over it. but to be raped over and over again by 5 MEN!!!!
      GLORY, wat can we do to fight this? We must do something. the bpys have to be hunted down and brought to their death!!!!!

    • Molly September 19, 2011 at 8:05 AM

      Justice must be served. I have sent some of the links to blogs which have information to the ‘contact us’ email on the Abia State Govt Website and tried to post on some public figures’ pages on facebook though one of them ‘a woman’ promptly deleted my post, we all know what some people are in govt for ain’t it. I see Dele Momodu commenting here, I hope he is also made calls to the right people cos we need more than comments at this time!

    • Molly September 19, 2011 at 8:07 AM

      Rape is real and rampant in Nigerian Universities, especially in the East where the boys cult practices are so common and thats the threat they use to scare girls.

    • Mrs D-South africa September 19, 2011 at 8:07 AM

      I have been a staunch readre of all BN stories and this one by far is the saddest,and may the girl in question find peace in knowing that this too shall pass. I am however disturbed by this comment (quote:Nigeria will soon surpass South Africa when it comes to rape:) by my goodness!
      its things like tehse that do not take us forward, deal with issues of your country and maybe just maybe this will stop

      • mygoodness September 19, 2011 at 2:03 PM

        well that was my opinion which I feel I am entitled to like every other BN commentator. I made that statement because I have read on several internet sites and media outlets that rape is something committed quite often in South Africa hence I said Nigeria is not far behind in that regard. As for your comment about dealing with what goes on in Nigeria, well I don’t live there and probably never will. I just pray the young lady gets justice. Let’s get back to the topic at hand because this is the wrong post to start getting all unnecessarily sensitive and/or bitter over a harmless remark about south africa. Thanks!

    • Lady G September 19, 2011 at 8:37 AM

      oh Heaven help us, how can such calibers and timbers of individuals do such a thing to a girl. As long as i know, their behavioralship remind’s those of the pigs and dogs. wicked fellow.

    • Shakara Babe September 19, 2011 at 8:39 AM

      no mind them, they are very very wicked

    • Ethel September 19, 2011 at 8:53 AM

      My heart goes out to the victi in this story bc nothing justifies rape. This and other female related violences are sadly but truely a reality in nigeria where u’ll see a man sexually abusing his house girl or other female relatives. Something needs to be done about this and it is sad to know that most pple tend to hide these stories. It is a normal reaction for the victims to feel ashamed and want to hide but what about those around them (mothers , relatives) who bother more about what pple will say and how their families will be talked about than how justice shld be served. This is a prob in our counities and many pple are doing nothing to stop it. Yes we will protest on the internet and feel sad for her but what do we do after that????

    • Kokomma September 19, 2011 at 9:25 AM

      Words fail me… all I can think of is the ‘victim’ of this rape… I am praying that her spirit will heal and that she will come out of this whole… though she may be broken now, God will mend her totally.

      As for the men that carried out this despicable act. SHAME ON THEM!!! What a waste to the society and the world. KARMA will surely catch up with them for generations to come… i am deeply saddened by this… deeply.

    • shadeow September 19, 2011 at 9:27 AM

      Gosh I just feel so cold and scared after reading this…..God please have mercy.

    • Nne September 19, 2011 at 10:02 AM

      Only God will judge….
      When these boys get what’s coming to them, they won’t even know what hit them. May God forgive them. If anyone has any information that can help bring these young men to justice, PLEASE I BEG YOU, DO NOT BE AFRAID TO COME FORWARD. IMAGINE IF THIS WAS YOUR SISTER OR MOTHER.

    • Finemama September 19, 2011 at 10:27 AM

      THIS IS ACT OF INSANITY, I MEAN ITS DISGUSTING, I CANT IMAGINE SUCH HAPPENING TO MY SISTER, MOTHER, FRIEND OR DAUGTHER. I HOPE THE POLICE & OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT IN CHARGE OF CRIMINAL CASES IS REALLY DOING SMTHING ABOUT THIS RAPE ISSUE. I MEAN WE SHOULD NOT JUST FOLD OUR HANDS & WATCH OUR TOMORROW MOTHERS BEEN TURTURED IN THAT MANNER. THOSE BOYS SHLD BE SENTENCED TO LIFE IMPRISMENT OR RATHER BE SENTENCED TO DEATH BY HANGING COS TO ME THEY JUST KILLED SMBODY.

    • Tunmise September 19, 2011 at 11:08 AM

      women should build their strengths and learn some fighting techniques. what men can do, women can do better….some men are sincerely sick….

      • NIRA September 19, 2011 at 2:08 PM

        My dear,fighting techniques will not help you when attacked by five able bodied men!! Just pray it never happens to you.

    • SHHHHHH September 19, 2011 at 12:28 PM

      SMH!!!!,its a shame some people derive pleasure from such beastly acts,this has happened before back in 2006 in Unilag i don’t think the guys were ever caught,but whomever is involved in such should know that they will NEVER go free nemesis will catch up with them,the girl should get herself to a hospital and have the necessary test done,she should not let this define her person she should know it that it is what happened to her but not who she is.
      My heart goes out to you whomever you are.

    • hanna onome September 19, 2011 at 12:43 PM

      The environment we live in stigmatizes females who have gone through this kind of ordeal and then went public afterwards. Of course there is much talk about acting on the issue and not just talking…or writing. Also, victims should not protect their assailants by keeping quiet. But Bella my dear, would YOU go public with this kind of information if it happened to you? We’ll eventually get to the point where we all can. For people who have never gone through this kind of ordeal, rape is as distant as the famine in Somalia or the Holocaust. To those who simply hear about the incident, it’s one of those things that happen to other people. No amount of imagination can accurately describe a rape for someone who has not been a victim. As macabre as it sounds, this video gives every man and woman the opportunity to understand just a tiny fraction of what the hapless victim went through; to be able to put themselves in her position. And to help the entire community feel just the right amount of hatred and disgust to ensure that anyone who is suspected of committing such an atrocity be immediately emasculated. Let us not bury our heads in the sand.

    • ceeeeeeee September 19, 2011 at 12:51 PM

      seen it happen, d guy is married now wit two kids…. i pity d wife cos if i had d chance i wud av told her nt to marry the guy cos i knw his daughter wud suffer in dis life… cos my God has neva failed… he is cursed for life.

    • Sonda September 19, 2011 at 1:34 PM

      why was this article taken off the front page. So it is more important to emphasize people getting awards, or MBGN new interview and the show biz than to stand up for what is wrong? This just goes to show how numb we are to what is going on in our society. You have had MJ’s wedding and other stories on your front page for weeks, why can’t this story about rape be on your front page. It’s not important abi. You don’t want to take a stand abi or it can be swept underneath the carpet?

      My heart breaks, it really does.

    • NIRA September 19, 2011 at 2:06 PM

      My heart goes out to the young girl cos I can relate with what she’s going thru. I had a similar experience way back in school, in my final year, and I remember someone telling me it was the way i dressed. It’s been 7 yrs but I still breakdown whenever I think of it, it was the grace of God and my family that helped me thru that period, as it happened a week to my degree exams. I sincerely pray that God will see her thru. As for the men, the same way i cursed after my ordeal, is the same way i curse them now. They will suffer, and suffer, and suffer, and suffer, and die a very miserable death. Even if they escape the hands of the law, God sees them and will punish them for what they did. To the glory of God, I got over it, and she will too. I don’t hide it, and I told my boyfriend who understood and was very supportive. God help us all.

      • BellaNaija.com September 19, 2011 at 2:12 PM

        God bless you Nira and thanks for sharing, you may have helped someone out there who has gone through a similar ordeal today.

    • Aibee September 19, 2011 at 2:27 PM

      Sad, Sad, Sad. My heart goes out to this poor girl. No woman deserves to be raped,even if she is a prostitute. Sex must always be consentual. and to imagine the nerve of those idiots, recording the act. I curse those young men with everything thatb is me. They will never go unpunished. I feel so pained inside me.

    • Kai September 19, 2011 at 2:38 PM

      I crime is in all nigerians blood, its like a recipe passed down from generation. This is why my father will turn over in his grave if i ended up marrying a nigerian. Gosh you ppl are something else. I mean the stories i hear that come out of naija is out of this world. SODOM AND GOMORAH, but one thing i realise is none of you care about shame or disgrace. It doesnt tickle u one bit.

    • prettygirl September 19, 2011 at 3:31 PM

      I am willing to join with others to stage a public protest in this regard.lets take it to any higher authority that would listen to us, even if its to storm presidential villa…am definitely very serious, pls how do we start ? anybody with ideas

    • nenyenwa September 19, 2011 at 4:20 PM

      I watched a similar video could not finish as I wanted to throw up then i locked myself up and wept cos i can’t begin to imagine life afta the experience for the person involved and some said she offended them and am wondering if they eva tot abt God for even a moment.

    • Bamiyo September 19, 2011 at 4:24 PM

      Bella we must help this poor girl. I can understand her pain. A close relative was raped by 2 guys last year while 5 others watched and cheered the guys on and videoed the horror. They threaten to upload online if she told anybody.It was hell. The guys lived just the street after the victim’s; they walked her street boldly without fear, shame or guilt. Her brother who is of the same age as most of the guys got to know abt the incidence but couldnt do anything for fear of their father finding out & share helplessness really. It was a shameful & helpless ordeal. My heart bleeds , I am in tears even as I type this comment. I couldnt even bring myself to watch or listen to the audio of the crime. However I am more afraid cos this are supposed to be our leaders of tomorrow. The arrogance in Publicizing the video is something that Nigerians shouldnt take likely; it was insulting the Nigeria authorities & the entire Nigerians, it was them saying “I can commit crime & be ignored, nobody will do anything”. Also I am hurt for the parents & family of this poor girl who have been ridiculed by this act. Please Nigerians I dont know what to do but I will do anything it takes to make sure those monsters dont get away with this injustice. Let us not let them get away with this. Bella Please keep posting updates on this story and I’d luv to know what I can do to help to put this guys away FOREVER.
      I believe in Nigeria & refuse to acept that my country is lawless to the point it will just let this pass. We have to fight for our sisters, children, wives, friends, daughters PLEASE ALL.

      • Us September 19, 2011 at 4:55 PM

        Your close relative had more fear for her shame, rather than the culprits being caught. That just shows how terrible the country is and why this will continue to happen if the rapist can oppress their victims and if people treasure not wanting shame over justice. Didn’t she think that they if they circulated the video they would be caught, but I guess she believed people will blame her like they do in Nigeria. The victim is always at fault. If your relative did not stand up, you expect this girl too. You better encourage your relative to report the crime or rape is not a crime in Nigeria

    • nenyenwa September 19, 2011 at 4:30 PM

      Am also using this opportunity to plead that we should always think “wat would Jesus do? “in times wen pple offend, or betray us. May God help us all

    • molarah September 19, 2011 at 5:40 PM

      Do we really want these pigs to breed innocent girls that would suffer the curse of their father’s misdeeds…NO! These beasts should be caught, castrated and imprisoned for life. Someome posted a link to change.org to sign a petition but my fear is that this petition won’t make it past the internet and into reality. JUSTICE MUST BE SERVED IN THIS CASE!! BellaNaija, I am pleading with you – please do not just let this end as a point reference case – let’s have follow ups like the Olisa issue. And everyone with access to useful contact details – Abia university authorities, Abia state gov, human right activists, legislators, human/women right ngos – should please post them so we can bombard them with this girl’s case – it must not be swept under the carpet. Rape is not and can never be a punishment for indecent dressing, it is a power strategy that has been used since biblical times as a way of destabilizing the morale of a race or nation. These kinds of crimes not only affect the women involved they affect the generations that will be nurtured by the said women. We are signing away our future generations by sitting back and letting such acts go unpunished.

    • Naija Smooth talker September 19, 2011 at 5:44 PM

      I am so ashamed to be Nigerian right now. There are a lot of things wrong with us but I never thought we had degenerated to such a level! Despicable, atrocius, revolting, nauseating are the only words that come to mind. http://wp.me/p1LtHt-11 Those boys must pay for what they’ve done.

    • Ayo Fashola September 19, 2011 at 5:46 PM

      This is a perfect example that boys or men are not naturally born leaders. Men follow, they don’t lead. They follow other men into war, they follow other men to rob banks, they follow other men into raping women and they follow other men into sex trafficking. They follow other men into ruining countries, increasing poverty, and they follow other men into corruption. MEN ARE NOT LEADERS. Just because a man has a penis does not make him a leader or a leader of any household. A man has to earn the right to be a leader, and out of 10,000 man, it is by the luck of a string that even one of those men will be an actually leader. Women are natural born leaders and men have been jealous of our natural born essence since the beginning of time. You can rape us, beat us, flogged us, but men, even if we are physically weaker than you (and that is subjective) you will never defeat women. Never. We will always be better than you, why? Because we run the world. We run this bitch. This goes on too much in the world, men hurting, abusing and raping women and children. Men….rape your damn selves.

    • Ayo Fashola September 19, 2011 at 5:48 PM

      As long as men run Nigeria, that country will always be barbaric and impoverished. Always!

    • Modina September 19, 2011 at 6:13 PM

      I cried whilst reading this… It could have been my friend, my sister my cousin etc … this Heinous and Hate-fuelled crime happened to… and for the response of people watching it as ‘Entertainment ‘ is trully mind boggling!! that fact there isn’t a Public outrage from fathers, brothers, uncles, spiritual leaders and men in general is even more saddening!!!!

    • Mide September 19, 2011 at 7:23 PM

      These animals shouldnt be allowed to walk away without being punished. They MUST, and i repeat MUST be punished for this inhuman act.

    • Alex September 19, 2011 at 9:47 PM

      Honestly do women have no value in Nigeria? The whole case and subsequent behaviour of the so called authorities disgusts me to my core. Tufikwa. There are just too many stories about this type of thing being swept under the carpet that i weep for the girl child in Nigeria.

    • Jlo September 20, 2011 at 12:16 AM

      @ Hardworker…U aint working hard enough if you are about to marry a rapist and you can even mention it! U should have got his a** arrested once he told u! Come on!!!!!! Don’t you have sisters and friends? SMH

    • BNC September 20, 2011 at 1:45 AM

      He has changed by God’s grace …He was not born again then…I just God to perfect all.

    • BNC September 20, 2011 at 1:45 AM

      sorry trust God.

    • iTawa September 20, 2011 at 2:08 AM

      “Rape isn’t a crime, it’s surprise sex – comment from twitter” —- Ok, WHOEVER tweeted dis BS should be electrocuted with those 5 beasts, FAST! This is just a real SHAME on those species called MEN! #i’msoheartbroken
      P.S: I also don’t understand how ppl would watch a video like that…so so so disheartening!

    • iTawa September 20, 2011 at 2:09 AM

      *This is definitely a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY!

    • queenimayya September 20, 2011 at 2:44 AM

      I saw the vid. on naijapals. Honestly, it looked like porno. I couldn’t finish watching the whole 10 min. cause it made me feel sick. If she was taken against her will, the police/Naija gov. can’t do much UNLESS the supposed rape victim comes forward. In eastern DR Congo, old women and even little girls are gang raped all the time by militia. The simple fact is that most African guys are no good and it is the fault of their mothers for giving birth to them in the first place.

    • Molly September 20, 2011 at 3:14 AM

      Just seeing my comments were infact published, thank you!

    • Molly September 20, 2011 at 3:40 AM

      http://www.abiastate.gov.ng/2011/09/press-release-11/ Is this good enough??

      For those who want to contact Abia State Govt, the more of us lending a voice to this – the better, see contact link: http://www.abiastate.gov.ng/contact/

    • Tina Mwanasali September 20, 2011 at 4:17 AM

      Apparently, gang rape is now a global phenomenon. Recently, a
      14 year old Brazilian girl was taken to a prison and raped by inmates for four days before she escaped.

    • Nadael September 20, 2011 at 11:25 AM

      Behold the face of the woman who goes to sleep comfortably at night, when her husband blatantly refuses to do anything about a brutal rape. They call her “Deborah of the 21st century, Winnie Mandela of Nigerian politics, Amazing Amazon, humanitarian genius of inestimable value” – http://www.abiastate.gov.ng/2011/08/her-excellencys-profile/

    • Jester Antonio Caowinhim September 20, 2011 at 1:36 PM

      This was an interesting article, but I felt it was one-sided. For the other side of the story, go here: http://publicunintellectuals.blogspot.com/2011/09/kevins-editorial-on-rape.html

    • Judith September 20, 2011 at 4:43 PM

      I swear, this is the most degrading act that can be carried out upon a fellow human being.
      It is mind-boggling that any sane person can try to justify the action of these beast-in-man’s-clothing.
      The poor,poor,defiled girl!
      IT IS NOT HER FAULT. That MUST be understood. RAPE can serve as an acronym for some of the aspects it portrays: Removing Almost all Physical Emotion (save despair) or Really Abominable People Exist. The first is for the unfortunate victim of the crime, the second applies to the cretins that carried out the despicable act.
      I can not even phantom what must be going through the young lady’s mind.
      I only pray that she has a loving support group of friends and family who will help her recover her self-respect when this nightmarish ordeal is over. If i could talk to her in person, i would say, “You did not bring this upon yourself. You are beautiful; inside and out and nobody can ever take that away from you unless you let them. There is life after this; impossible as it seems and you can go on and live a healthy life filled with love and peace. God loves you and be rest assured these criminals will pay for their actions; in this life or the next. You are worthy of every good thing imaginable. You have to heal and the only way to do so is to let go of the bitterness and hate and focus on rebuilding your life . You will be a beautiful bride and wonderful mother regardless of this. You are precious. I LOVE YOU”.

    • Nadael September 20, 2011 at 5:27 PM

      Jester, are you normal?
      I’ve skim-read your silly excuse for a blog – talk about one-sided drivel! You call that an editorial?! And you have the unmitigated gall to put it (i.e. your crap) on a par with the above article, detailing a real life event?! I’m not sure what gender you are (no real man would condone rape, and no real woman would tolerate it) but you’re clearly missing a humanity ‘button’ cos according to the bullsh*t you’ve published on the internet (you call it a blog) – there is glory in rape. Word of advice – there is nothing intellectual about exposing your depraved thoughts on the internet for all to see.

    • Jester Antonio Caowinhim September 20, 2011 at 6:11 PM

      Nadael, I would first like to thank you for skim-reading my blog. That means a lot to me. I would then like to explain that it obviously didn’t provide the whole story, but I feel that it offered the other side to the rape debate, a side most people are afraid to defend. Third of all, you’ll notice that I am specifically not going for intellectual – hence the term “Public UNintellectuals.”

    • Nadael September 21, 2011 at 10:04 AM

      Jester, there is no ‘other side’ to rape. In basic (and maybe, rather crude but literal terms), a female does NOT give consent (whether she actually verbally says no, or has been drugged meaning she is in no position to say yes) and a dog (who thinks he’s a man) inserts his penis where it is not wanted. That is what RAPE is. It’s got nothing to do with what she was wearing (or not wearing), what she was drinking (or not drinking), or whether she happened to be at a club ‘instead of in church’. There is no glory whatsoever in that. To assume, indicate or speculate this actually puts you on a par with the rapist.

      Just so you are aware (since you do not seem to understand), rape is not about sex. Many people will have sex at some point, before they die or Jesus returns (whichever one happens sooner). It’s the ‘wielding and abusing of the power’ – which is the point of RAPE, that is the problem. That is why no sane human being would ‘defend’ rape as your ‘blog’ attempts to do. It’s not that people are ‘afraid’ to defend it – it’s simply that normal human beings KNOW, UNDERSTAND and REALISE that there is nothing defensible in or about RAPE. The only debate, if any, we should be having about rape, is what suffices as legally acceptable punishment for an offender – castration, imprisonment, or capital punishment.

    • Jester Antonio Caowinhim September 22, 2011 at 12:52 AM

      I never said the girl consents. However, just because something is not consented to by all parties does not mean it’s wrong. For example, you would probably agree with the punishment of rapists against their consent. I’m not equating the two, but it is logically untenable to say consent is a necessary condition of a morally right action. The “rape is about power” argument is untenable too, since normal sex is all about the wielding of power too.

      Furthermore, your insistence that only one side of an argument should be presented is scary. Debate hurts no one; it simply presents ideas so they can be evaluated on a critical level. Sane human beings aren’t necessarily those who agree with your moral compass – they are those who have the ability to reason, the ability to evaluate ideas and decide which is the strongest. Even if you don’t have this reasoning power yourself, do not insult me because I do have it.

    • Outraged Reader September 22, 2011 at 10:04 AM

      There is simply no reason that one can advance for rape of another human being. And while we call on the police and government (Nigerian or otherwise) to find the culprits and deal decisively with them, to the point that none other even thinks of such a crime, we all know our police and the governments and just how much they ‘care’ for the nationals they are sworn to protect and serve, resp. Suffice it to say that, caught by men or not, exposed to men or not, prosecuted and dealt with by men or not, justice will prevail at the end. We all can run from men and our laws, but not from Creation or its Creator or His Laws. I will, however, add that without saying it is the cause of this or any other such outrage, our women, particularly, do need to be mindful of their dressing and conduct to the opposite sex. Whether we like it or not, we are a perverse world and one of the first protections for the female folk is to dress properly and cover the body and its design as best we can. The body, masculine or feminine, is a temple loaned to each of us that must not be defiled by the owner, much less by an external party, as in a rape case. My thoughts go out to this and other females who have had to experience such actions.

    • Omo O September 25, 2011 at 1:40 AM

      I did not watch the video but wept as I read that story! All I have to say is that those five men will beg for death to come and it will never come because their suffering will kill them. SR published two names and pictures of the supposed idiots! I intend to circulate the pictures here in the UK and through human rights organisations so that those boys will never be granted leave to leave Nigeria. I am waiting to confirm if they are the ones first!

    • Jester Antonio Caowinhim September 26, 2011 at 6:17 AM

      Concerning the above link I posted: I have recently written an apology!! You can read it here: http://publicunintellectuals.blogspot.com/2011/09/caowins-apology-about-rape.html

    • Nadael September 26, 2011 at 3:08 PM

      Jester, I’ve not insulted you – I’ve merely stated fact. So not even sure what you’re ‘getting at’.

      RAPE occurs when the victim does NOT consent. Saying that ‘just because something is not consented to by all the parties, doesn’t make it wrong’ is more frightening than your ‘logic’. You’re equating being raped to punishment for rapists – let me not even go there.

      Go and read and study a lot more on rape and sexual assault. Blogging about a mish-mash of fantasies and pseudo-intellectualism, does not mean you have ‘reasoning power’. Anyone can blog. If you had more information, you wouldn’t be spouting what you are now, in the name of ‘intellectualism’. Rape is a power-crime, not a sex one in itself. Whether you believe all the psychologists, psychiatrists, criminologists and police officers who hold that view (because it’s a valid one) or not, is your problem; not mine.

      Rape in itself, is not a matter for trivial debate poorly masked as ‘intellectualism’ like you attempt to do. It’s a sordid, despicable thing to do to a person. In fact, words are not enough to adequately capture what it really is. The fact that you seem to see it as an ‘excuse for an intellectual debate’ is weird on so many levels. There is ONE side to rape – someone clearly says NO, or is not a position (legally or otherwise) to say YES, the rapist doesn’t give a sh*t and rapes them anyway. That makes it WRONG.

    • Dike September 28, 2011 at 4:21 PM

      Ok you have said it all, but it will get worse before it could get better. mark my word, the “hell” on earth is yet to come. However to our women folks, the level at which we find ourselves, morally, spiritually etc can only be traced to our mothers. The fall of woman………….I can only but weep.

    • oluoh p October 16, 2011 at 12:59 AM

      God pls save us,this 5 students are animals not humans so they must have to be treated as animals that they are.

    • been there October 24, 2011 at 12:50 PM

      i was sent the link to watch by a colleague(married) in the office and he also sent about the lesbians being beaten and i wonder what was going on in his mind at that point. i wasn’t prepared for the shocker i received watching the video. a lot goes into being raped by a person whom you know and worse still is the pain and after effects of the experience. It is such a shame that the future is this present generation is seriously problematic as many young men take delight in hurting the women around them. it is not by what the person wears or doesn’t. They become obsessed with whoever or just see a potential victim and try to catch the person alone. The best thing ladies, get pepper spray as the other lady said, have a pen knife in your purse(i have one & a knife with me most times now), learn martial arts(if you dont have time to go to classes at worst watch videos on self defense), never walk around when its dark or go to strange places without someone coz you could be a target. NO ONE CAN PROTECT YOU BUT YOUR SELVES. as for the lady saying 9ja aint good you are full of it you know, spending your life and energy helping put another mans country in order while neglecting your own. besides there are lots and lots of pedophiles in foreign countries esp US and they escape being caught for long periods even sometimes with family being aware theta what makes some young girls run away from home. you need to open your eyes to the reality of life darling.