A 12 – year -old girl , Blessing ( not real name ) , is said to be experiencing trauma after she was allegedly gang -raped by four masked men at her residence in Abijo area of Ajah , Lagos State .
She was said to have been raped while playing alone in the compound around 2 pm on Thursday .
Saturday PUNCH learnt that the victim , a secondary school pupil , was left bleeding from injuries she sustained in her private parts .
When our correspondent reached out to her mother on Friday morning , the victim was said to be asleep after receiving medical treatment .
The mother , identified simply as Anthonia, explained that she was not in the house when the perpetrators raped her daughter .
“I went to the office and was called ( on the phone ) and told that my daughter was raped in our house . I learnt she was having her online class when suddenly , there was a power outage . My husband rushed out to get fuel at a filling station so that she could participate in the class seamlessly ,” the mother recalled amid futile attempts to control her emotions.
She stated , “Blessing told us that while she was in the compound, four masked men jumped into the house through the fence . They took her inside and took turns to have sex with her , leaving her with multiple injuries .”
The distraught mother said incidentally in her office , she was listening to a radio programme about the recent wave of rape incidents in the country on the day her daughter was raped . Little did she know that her daughter would also become a victim .
“Immediately I received the call , I became so mad . I headed for the hospital where my daughter was rushed to. When I got there , I was told she suffered ‘ vaginal trauma ’. The underneath of her clitoris was bruised and she had a deep tear that made her bleed severely,” Anthonia explained , painting a graphic picture of the cruel assault.
“ She could have passed out if not that her dad got back home early . She lost a lot of blood . The bleeding stopped after the tear was stitched ; although , she is still experiencing very severe pain ,” the mother added .
Anthonia said the case had been reported at Ajiwe Police Station in Ajah .
She said , “I don’ t think we are secure anymore because it seems like we are being monitored . They perpetuated their evil within the few minutes it took my husband to buy fuel .
“They could not enter through the gate because of an ongoing construction at a building opposite ours . The site was crowded and that made them avoid entering through the front door . They scaled the fence . Some policemen followed us to the house and saw how the attackers scattered our things around .”
When our correspondent called Anthonia back on Friday evening , the victim was said to be suffering from trauma and could not speak on the incident .
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state , DSP Bala Elkana , said the command had been duly informed of the crime and investigations were ongoing .
He said , “The police have been duly informed of the atrocity and have commenced investigation into the case . We are on the trail of the culprits . It ’s a bit complicated because those guys wore face masks , which makes us suspect the culprits are people close to them . They probably covered their faces to conceal their identities . ”