By Aplefe Ojong
On Sunday, February 8, 2015, luck ran out on 27 years old Stephen Nyong, a member of a gang of serial rapists who have been terrorizing Inyang Edem street, Calabar and its environ for more than a decade now.
CrossRiverWatch gathered that Stephen Nyong a native of Ikono Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state who resides at 18b, Inyang Edem Street, Mount Zion, Calabar, and his gang of rapists have terrorized the residence of the area especially the women over the years, inflicting bodily injuries on their victims after enjoying themselves to boutes of sex they obtain forcefully from their victims as well as dispossessing them of their household items.
We learnt that the gang intensified their inhuman and insane activities since the beginning of this year as each night they visit and spread terror on occupants of compounds that have no fences and gates, unchallenged.
Speaking with our reporter, a resident of the area and a neighbour to one of the victims, Mrs. Agnes Ubong disclosed that the rapist made love to each of the victims for more than three hours on Sunday, revealing that she started hearing the girls screams at about 1.00am till about 4.30am, and that she was happy that one of the men who had hitherto spread terror and anguish on innocent girls in Inyang Edem has been caught.
She revealed that the suspect was a very merciless and brutal rapist who enjoyed torturing his victims, shows no mercy and will always stab them with a dagger after defiling them.”After defiling my neighbor, Mary and her roommate, he still stabbed both of them in the head with inflicting a very deep cut and he also took their phones and N8,000.00”, she disclosed.
Commenting on the incident, to the village head of Ndom Ndang ,Muri Okon Etim Effiong who chatted with our reporter confirmed the incident and disclosed that the gang has been operating in his domain for many years now, causing sorrow to the people, hence he and his chiefs had vowed to tackle the wicked rapists, and one of them has been caught.
“He and other members of his gang have raped over 60 girls. He alone has defiled over 20 girls, and within this year alone he has been chased in more than three compounds but was not caught, but his sins have caught up with him today”, Muri Etim stated.
Muri Etim explained further that “it was the Sunday night’s attack that got the youths in the area furious and they decided to lay siege for him and their kingpin on our instruction, unfortunately the leader of the gang who is now at large is responsible for grooming them over the years.”
Speaking to our reporter after he was caught and beaten mercilessly, the alleged serial rapist, Stephen Nyong blamed his immoral and satanic penchant for rape and brutal acts which he always meted out to his unfortunate victims on the devil, asserting that “it was the devil’s handiwork that led me into it, although I usually take tramadolIine and other hard drugs to get high before going out at night to hunt for victims”.
“It is the fear I instill in them that arouses me to perform and I only realize myself when I am out of the place, in fact, I can’t explain how it happens. I regain my senses when everything is over.” he lamented.
After being interrogated at the Muri palace, the suspected rapist was later whisked away by the police for fear of being lynched by the angry mob that was swelling in number every passing minute.
It would be recalled that in recent times, the activities of armed robbers, house burglars and rapists have been on the increase in Calabar, the capital city of Cross River State, causing the residents to also resort to jungle justice as more then seven suspected robbers have been roasted to death by angry mobs who feel that the police was not doing enough, and that handing over such to the police will see them being released after a few days.
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