A female robbery victim identified as Blessing Jeremiah, shot on the shoulder by suspected armed robbers at Agip flyover on Wednesday by a three-man robbery gang, said she put up resistance to avoid being raped by the assailants.
The robbers had dispossessed her of her valuables that night and attempted to drag her into a nearby public toilet to rape her.
The victim, a 200-level student in the Department of Management, University of Port Harcourt, From her hospital bed where she is recuperating, said that she fought her assailants with all she got and was willing to die rather than be raped.
The female undergraduate, who said she didn’t have any inkling that she was walking into a den of robbers, noted that she was shocked when the criminals blocked her and pointed a gun at her demanding that she released demanding that her valuables to them. Blessing further disclosed that she was shocked when her attackers instead of releasing her, decided to drag her into a dark public toilet nearby.
The victim said, “I was attacked at Ajip flyover near one public toilet by some armed robbers; they took my belongings and I thought it was over, I was surprised when they started dragging me towards the dark toilet to rape me.
“They were struggling to rape me but I was willing to die than be raped. The criminals wanted to rape me inside the public toilet, I struggled with them with all the strength I had in me. When they realised it wasn’t going to work, they decided to shoot and kill me. The bullet hit my shoulder but I survived.”
The victim added that it was the timely intervention of a school security men nearby that saved her life.
She added, “Minutes after I was shot, the College of Health security men came to my rescue, I guess the gunshot sound attracted them, it was the school security that alerted their Student Union Government President who in turn alerted the police who took me to a hospital.”
When contacted, the Rivers State Police Command said it had launched a manhunt for the suspects.
The spokesman for the Rivers State Police Command, Mr Nnamdi Omoni, said the state Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, had ordered an investigation into the incident, adding that tactical unit commanders had been directed to join in the ongoing investigation with a view to apprehending the suspects and bringing them to justice in record time.