#JusticeForEstherIta: Lady allegedly gang raped and murdered in Akwa Ibom

Esther Ita Stephen, was allegedly gang raped and murdered by suspected hoodlums at Nsukara Offot community in Uyo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom.

Her friends and family members have since taken to social media to demand justice for the young lady.

According to multiple reports, Esther Ita Stephen, who left secondary school in 2016, was ambushed, raped and killed by unknown assailants around Nwaniba road on Wednesday afternoon, October 28, 2020.

One of her friends, Edwin Edem, this is the third case of rape and murder going on in the community in the last six months.

In his post, Edwin Edem described late Esther as a young lady with promising and bright future.

“I am pained by the happenings around in the last 24 hours my heart knows. No joy Esther Ita Stephen, beloved friend turned sister was raped and murdered yesterday in broad-day. I am pained because the killers of this young lady with a promising Bright future. Still dwells among us uncut . I am pained because this numbers the third case of murder and countless numbers of rape ongoing within my community in the last six months and no one has been brought to book. Should we also let this fadeaway just like the former? We do not know who’s next. We seek #justiceforEsther”

It has also been alleged that many women and girls have been raped and murdered since crisis engulfed the community over power tussle between the village head and one Eyo Essien.

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A June 29, 2020, report by an Akwa Ibom journalist, Divine Sam titled “ALLEGED BRUTAL MURDER OF WOMEN IN NSUKARA OFFOT COMMUNITY: MONARCH CRIES OUT FOR GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION” said ten women have reportedly been assaulted while two of them lost their lives.

In the report, the village head of Nsukara Offot, Eteindung Cletus Benson had cried to Governor Udom Emmanuel for help over the incessant brutal rape and murder of women in the community by hoodlums.

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