Four young men were reported to have gang-raped a young girl in Obi Local Government Area of Benue State.
The rape incident, which the police said happened about three weeks ago, was said to have been recorded in a video clip by one of the suspected rapists.
Our correspondent gathered that parents of the suspected rapists and that of the girl were shielding the incident from the police.
But the case blew open when the sex video clip was said to have been trending on social media.
Irked by the attitude of the parents of the suspects and victim, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom whose attention was said to have been drawn to the ugly development called on security operatives to investigate the reported gang rape of the teenage girl by the young men.
The Governor in a press statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, on Tuesday condemned the incident and described it as barbaric, dehumanising and unfortunate.
He stressed that the arrest and prosecution of the culprits will serve as a deterrent to persons who engage in the defilement of minors and other crimes.
The Governor charged the Chairman of Obi Local Government and traditional rulers from the area to collaborate with security agencies to fish out the rape suspects and bring them to justice.
He encouraged parents and guardians to closely monitor the movement of their children and report any case of rape to security operatives.
Meanwhile, in a swift reaction, Police in the State said that one of the suspects had been arrested.
According to a statement issued by the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Catherine Anene on Tuesday, the incident happened on Sunday, January 24, 2021.
The statement said the rape victim who was on her way to visit her sister at Itakpa-Ito was intercepted by four armed men who dragged her to a room and forcefully had sexual intercourse with her.
Anene said, “They made a video of their nefarious act and sent it on social media for public viewing.
“The victim was rushed to hospital where she received treatment and has been discharged.
“One of the suspects has been arrested and efforts are being made to arrest the other suspects at large.
“The Command will definitely bring perpetrators of such act to book.”