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MOTHER OF BRUTALISED GIRL IN EDE SPEAKS

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My Daughter Doesn’t Deserve This 

 
Anger was boldly written all over her face. Mrs. Abebi Muraina, mother of Bilikisu, who savagely marcheted by an unknown man in Ede, Osun State, a couple of weeks ago is distraught. She speaks with WESTERN POST’s duo of Ismail Afolabi and Ismail Balogun at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH) in Osogbo, Osun State capital.
 
 
She laments in her agonised voice, raining curses on the man who brutalized her daughter, Bilikisu. Mrs. Abebi Muraina lost her husband six years ago. After the demise of her husband, Abebi relocated to Lagos in search of greener pastures and left her children, including Bilikisu, with her mother, Iyabo Asimiyu, in Ede. The old woman was taking care of the children to relieve Abebi. But Abebi’s current situation elicited more empathy from those touched by her plight.
Her 15-year-old daughter, Bilikisu, has been on admission at LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo for several weeks now.
 
Unidentified Assailant
 
An unidentified man attacked the innocent girl, inflicting several machete cuts on her head, neck and hands. According to Abebi: “I got a call that my daughter was missing. I rushed down to Ede and I was told that she actually went out and did
not return. We later discovered that she went into a bush to pluck mango and that was where the heartless man caught and attacked my daughter. He almost killed her. The machete cuts were very deep. I know God will punish whoever did this to my daughter.
“My daughter was found near the bush along Abere road with several wounds on her body and she couldn’t talk at that time. She was rushed
to a hospital in Ede from where she was referred to the Muslim Hospital at Oke Gada also in Ede. It was from the Muslim Hospital that we brought her to LAUTECH”.

Bilikisu: I Went to the Bush to Pluck Mangoes

Narrating her ordeal in the hand of her attacker, Bilikisu said: “I went to the bush to pluck mangoes. On my way coming back, I met a man who asked for mango from me. I had wanted to give it to him but the man said he doesn’t want the mango anymore and that I should take off my clothes. I refused to do so and the man threatened to attack me with cutlass if I don’t take off my clothes”.
She added: “I insisted that I would not remove my clothes. That was when the man started beating me and later started inflicting machete cuts on me until I was becoming unconscious. When the man noticed that a motorcycle was approaching, he ran away. That is all I could remember about the whole thing”.
Bilikisu said the man that attacked her was a brother to her primary school friend who has now gone to Lagos and she gave the name of the man
as Tunde.

PPRP Odoro: Perpetrator Will Not Go Unpunished

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Osun State Police Command, DSP Folasade Odoro, while confirming the incident said investigation
into the matter was ongoing and assured that the culprit would be apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law.
The PPRO said: “The Commissioner of Police, Mr Ibrahim Maisahanu, had directed a thorough investigation into the ugly incident and we assure you that the perpetrator will not go unpunished.”
Osun State Government Picks Medical Bills

Bilikisu’s mother told WESTERN POST that since the day the young girl was admitted at LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, the state government had been taking care of her treatment and picking her medical bills. Mrs. Muraina said: “I’m very grateful to the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, his wife, Alhaja Sherifat Aregbesola, for coming to my aid on the treatment of Bilikisu. I also wish to thank the Commissioner for Health, Mrs. Temitope Ilori,
Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Mofolake Adetoun Adegboyega, and the Commissioner for Information, Hon. Sunday Akere, as well as
the authorities of LAUTECH Teaching Hospital for the wonderful efforts they put in to save the life of my daughter. God will bless them”.
 
Bilikisu’s Hymen Intact, Says Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) of LAUTECH Teaching Hospital

Speaking on the treatment of Bilikisu, the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) of LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Dr. Eegunranti
Benjamin Adekunle, said the girl was responding to treatment and that the wounds were healing. Dr. Adekunle faulted the claim that the girl was not only attacked but also raped, explaining that Bilikisu’s hymen is still intact.
“Several tests were carried out on Bilikisu when she was brought to LAUTECH Teaching Hospital. One of the tests by a gynecologist revealed that her hymen is still intact and that means she was not
raped. The machete cut was very deep but we thank God that the wounds are healing very fast and she recovering very well. Meanwhile, our psychiatric department would have to do some work on her to stabilize her emotionally because of the sociological trauma of the incident.
Bilikisu’s mother thanked God that her daughter’s hymen is intact. But she said the police must do more to ensure that the man who brutalised her daughter is arrested and brought to book. “I want the police to ensure the arrest of whoever that did this to my daughter (weeping). It’s my daughter today; it could be any other person’s child tomorrow and it could happen to any other person. The perpetrator must be arrested and prosecuted. Otherwise, he will do it to another person and he will continue like that”.
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