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85,000 Demand Nigerian Officials Act on Gang-Rape Video
Explosive campaign on Change.org calls on Nigerian officials to find and arrest five university students who videotaped themselves gang-raping young woman
(WASHINGTON D.C.) - More than 85,000 people worldwide have joined a Nigerian woman’s popular campaign on Change.org calling on officials in Nigeria to arrest five men who videotaped themselves gang-raping a young woman.
Adetomi Aladekomo, who grew up in Nigeria and still has family there, launched the petition on Change.org after being sent the horrifying video, which depicts an hour of a brutal gang-rape by five men reported to be Abia State University (ABSU) students. The ABSU vice chancellor, Abia State governor, and local law enforcement reportedly denied the assault without conducting a proper investigation. Adetomi, a rape survivor herself, decided to take action to hold the officials accountable.
“When I created this petition I was concerned with finding the men who committed this heinous act,” stated Adetomi, the author of the petition. “Now I realize that the issue is bigger than these five men. We need to have an educated and caring government that bothers to fact-check before rashly taking a stand or declaring that despite video evidence, a rape did not take place.”
Faced with international pressure, Abia Governor Theodore Orji has retracted his insistence that the assault did not occur. On Wednesday, the House of Assembly intervened, summoning State Police Commissioner Bala Hassan and ABSU Vice Chancellor Professor Chibuzo Ogbuagu. As of today, Nigerian law enforcement has made its first arrests in the case, with Minister of Youth Affairs Mobolaji Abudllahi reporting that one rapist has been conclusively identified.
“This campaign is a remarkable example of how a single person can bring about major change,” said Change.org Senior Organizer Alex DiBranco. “Fed up with rampant rape and cover-ups in her home country, Adetomi Aladekomo decided to do something about it. 85,000 signatures later, her campaign has already had a major impact on Nigerian officials. Change.org is about empowering anyone, anywhere to demand action on the issues that matter to them, and it has been incredible to watch Adetomi’s campaign take off and garner international support.”
A coalition of Nigerian organizations and activists – including Enough is Enough Nigeria, Project Alert, Rubies Ink, Delta Women, and National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) – has organized a rape walk for Wednesday, October 5 from the Okpara Square Monument in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, to the State House.
Solidarity walks will also be occurring on the same day in Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria. The march and the petition campaign will continue to ask not only for the “ABSU 5” to brought to justice but also for an improvement in state law and university policy on sexual violence. Journalists interested in more information on the march should contact Chioma Ogwuegbu.
Live signature totals from Adetomi’s campaign:
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Change.org is the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change — growing by more than 400,000 new members a month, and empowering millions of people to start, join, and win campaigns for social change in their community, city and country.
Unedited Audio of the Abia State University Gang Rape (Also located below)
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Your help is needed here as well: Please help identify the perpetrators in the UNIBEN gang rape video, thanks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoYryXwFZdY
On August 16th, 2011, at Abia State University (ABSU) a woman whose age is between 16-22 was gang raped by 5 men. A video recording of the gang rape was made, and then distributed within Abia State and beyond.
Above is a 10 minute portion of the gang-rape taking place, if you listen you can hear the victim pleading, even asking them to kill her rather than subject her to the gruesome ordeal, with the rapists responding by asking her if she isn't 'enjoying it', and bragging about their staus.
We have blurred the video in the interest of decency, but the audio portion is unedited.
Although we do not know the specific identity of the woman, we do know that names of the rapists are:
IFEANYI / UGBAANYI
We need your help in identifying and tracking them down. If you know who they are, please post ALL their details here.
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