After being blamed by mother for being gang-raped, girl commits suicide


Comfort Uche-Ume, a 15-year-old resident of Isieke, Abia State and a JSS 3 student of Isieke Community Secondary School, was reportedly raped by 3 boys; Ndubuisi Wogu, Chinaza Ufomadu, and Francis Onwoboro now at large. Police Public
Relations Officer, Mr. Ezekiel Onyeke said the police had declared the suspected rapists wanted. She had gone to neighboring village, Okwoyi, in the company of her sister to see her (sister) husband. She later opted to return home to attend to some urgent issues.

On her way back, she was accosted by Nwogu, who had been making unsuccessful advances at her. He said Nwogu, assisted by two other accomplices, dragged the victim to a nearby bush where they gang-raped her, threatening to kill her if she raised any alarm. She eventually told her sister about the incident was taken to Umuahia Central Police Station to officially report. After she was examined, the police wanted to take her statement, but the parents pleaded that they should be allowed to take her home, promising to return the next morning since it was getting late so that they could still get transport home.

But the parents never showed up at the station again. Comfort’s mother rather decided to scold her over the incident. She allegedly said to her ‘Have I not warned you not to go to Okwoyi village alone? Now 3 men have raped you and if you become pregnant, who will be the father of the baby?’ On Tuesday morning, she allegedly went to her room again and started talking to her. She later invited her for the family’s morning devotion, but she declined. When the family began to hold their morning devotion about 20 minutes later, a shout was heard outside the house and the family members rushed out to see the lifeless body of Comfort dangling on a guava tree beside their house.

The PPRO said Comfor might have decided to take her life out of frustration and possible stigmatization. He said, “Parents should avoid stigmatising their children, but treat them with love anytime such unfortunate situation comes up.”….. R.I.P Comfort. May ur family b comforted in ds trying time…..

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