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Nigeria: Another female university student raped and killed

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.
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Another female University student in Nigeria has been raped and killed by her attackers in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The 18-year-old student of the Federal College of Animal and Production Technology, Moore Plantation, Apata, was subjected to the attack at home.

The victim, Barakat Bello who was attacked on Monday was undertaking the National Diploma programme in Science Laboratory Technology.

Her body was found near the house, according to local media reporting. Bello’s father Kasimu Elepo, told Sahara Reporters that he away when the incident occurred.

“I was not at home when the incident happened. The victim’s younger sister was not at home too; she went for Quaranic lessons, but when she returned home, she saw Barakat at the back of the house with deep cuts all over her body. She had been raped and killed,” he said.

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Elepo added that “Somebody called me on the phone that I should come home, but he refused to tell me what happened. When I got home, I saw that my daughter had been raped and hacked to death.”

Another student raped

Bello’s death is coming less than a week after another female University of Benin student, Uwaila Omozuwa, was raped and left to die inside a church in Benin City.

Human rights organisation, Amnesty International, has now urged Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari to declare rape a national crisis.

Amnesty International Nigeria said on Wednesday a “toxic culture that encourages men to see women as passive sex objects” must be discouraged.

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It added that “The government’s response to rape continues to be woefully inadequate. Frequent reports of rape across Nigeria are a gruesome reminder of the violence women and girls face. Violence against women and girls is often not properly registered or investigated.

The rape and murder of 18-year-old student, Barakat Bello, in Ibadan is shocking. Amnesty International is calling on the Nigerian authorities to declare a national crisis on rape. Women and girls’ safety must be paramount across Nigeria.”

Amnesty International went further to say that President Buhari must “declare rape a national crisis. Rape is a crime. If there is no consent, it is rape, even if the victim stays quiet and does not resist. The ‘boys will be boys’ mentality warps sex into something for men, done by men to women, without regard for the woman’s well-being. This toxic culture that encourages men to view women as passive sex objects needs to be addressed.”



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