A 20-year-old girl, Joan Egemba, was stabbed and strangled to death by a group of suspected rapists in the Ijebu Igbo area of Ogun State.
According to the information gathered by Punch Metro the victim left for the centre of her 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, scheduled to hold the next day at the National Open University of Nigeria in Awa Ijebu from her home in the Odo Eran, Sango-Ota area at about 12pm on, March 3.
But unfortunately, she was said to have been abducted on the evening of Thursday by suspected rapists at the Ijebu Oru Junction – a short distance from the examination centre. Her body was later discovered in a bush behind a secondary school in Ijebu Igbo with visible cut marks in her thighs, her underpants were also torn, suggesting a rape attempt.
Narrating the painful story of events that culminated in the death of Miss Joan Egemba, her father Mr. Emmanuel Egemba said:
“On that Thursday, she left home around 12.30pm, but the bus she boarded at Sango to the centre left around 2pm. She called at 5.30pm that she had arrived there, but the security man at the centre did not open the gate for her and others to pass the night on the premises. I told her to find a place in the area till the following day when she would sit for the exam.
“Around 7pm, I called her again and she said the security man had opened the gate for them. One hour after, I called again but she did not pick her calls. She was supposed to sit for the exam at 6.30am on Friday. I called her around 12pm on Friday, her phone was switched off. As early as 4am on Saturday, I went to the centre to verify whether she sat for the exam or not. I met the security man and he directed me to the JAMB office in Abeokuta. He denied that he allowed my daughter into the school compound to pass the night.
“It was a woman that told us that a girl was kidnapped at Oru Junction and taken towards Ijebu Igbo. We later discovered her corpse on Wednesday, March 9. If the candidates were allowed to sleep inside the school, this incident would not have happened.”
Joan’s father who is a retired Assistant Superintendent of Nigerian Customs, disclosed that his daughter’s death was a big blow on the entire family, but the family depends on God to comfort them. He said;
“I learnt it was rapists that killed her. Her body was not mutilated, but she had cuts in the mouth and thighs. Her clothes and briefs were torn and she had bruises in the back. We prayed before she left home on that day. While we were praying this morning (Monday) I looked at where she used to sit and it was vacant.”
Speaking on the matter, Wale, a neighbour to the Egembas, blamed the Divisional Police Officer in Awa Ijebu for failing to take action immediately the incident was reported to them and called for an in depth investigation to decipher the perpetrators of the hideous crime. Hear him;
“I followed Emmanuel to the police station on Wednesday, four days after he reported the case, and I asked the DPO if he had visited the school. He said no. He should have gone to the centre instantly to investigate. He is not fit to be a policeman.
“It was at a building beside the NOUN centre that we got the information that the girl was abducted. We traced her to Ijebu Igbo with her picture. At a motor park there, we showed the picture to a man who told us her corpse was dumped in a bush at the back of a school.
“I think she struggled with her abductors while they attempted to rape her. I think they strangled her when they did not succeed in raping her. We want those that perpetrate this act to be fished out and brought to book.”
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According to Wale, a police officer at the Ijebu Igbo division disclosed to him that the quick succession in which criminal acts were carried out in the community was alarming, adding that many policemen had influenced their transfers from Ijebu Igbo to other stations.
DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, the Ogun State Police spokesman, said the command was working with its Information and Communication Technology experts to track down the suspects. He said;
“We are working on the information we have to get the culprits. Investigation is still ongoing and we are contacting our ICT experts on how we can track down the culprits.”
May her soul rest in perfect peace!