Rivers taxi driver rapes stranded woman, victim hospitalised

A 21-year-old girl has narrated how she was abducted and raped along the Obiri-Kwerre Airport Road in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The victim (name withheld) told journalists in Port Harcourt, the state capital, that the incident occurred around 10pm on Monday while she was returning from work.

The lady said there was no vehicle and she had to wait for a while before a taxi driver pulled over by the Air Force Junction along Aba Road, Port Harcourt.

She said, “He just came and said, ‘Where are you going?’ I said I was going to Rukpokwu (near Port Harcourt). He said okay, and asked me to enter.

“So, he drove down and wound up the glass. He showed me a knife and a gun and asked me to keep quiet. He said he had killed a woman already because the woman shouted.

“He was like he was going to kill me; that the only way he was going to save me was to sleep with me.

“So, when we got to a lonely and dark place, he stopped and slept with me. Then, just a few meters from that place, he stopped the car and said I should go out.”

The victim called on the Rivers State Government to create more security checkpoints on major streets in Port Harcourt and its outskirts, especially at night.

The traumatised lady was later admitted to a government facility for treatment.

The spokesperson for the state police command, Grace Iringe-Koko, sympathised with the victim and advised her to report to the police.

She said, “I sympathise with her, but rather than going to the media, she should ensure that the incident is reported to the nearest police station for investigation and necessary action.”

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