Dr. Ime Stephen, the uncle of 15-year-old Mary Udo, who
was allegedly raped at gunpoint by a police inspector in
Akwa Ibom, has been abducted.
Ime was kidnapped at his house on Tuesday around 3am.
Punch Metro learnt that the human rights activist, who had
been fighting for justice for Udo, was whisked away by
some masked gunmen.The gunmen reportedly gained
entrance into the house by breaking through the wall from
The victim’s wife, Gloria, told Punch correspondent that
while three of the gunmen entered into the house, others
She stated that when the gunmen entered into their
apartment, they locked her and her child in a room.
She said, “Three of the gunmen entered our apartment with
their faces covered. They gained entrance by breaking the
wall from the backyard.
“They did not talk; they just pushed me, my son and a
visitor into one room. One of the three gunmen stood at the
door, threatening to shoot if we made a noise or shout.”
Punch Metro gathered that Ime’s abduction was not
unconnected with the rape of Udo, his niece.
It was learnt that on July 22, shortly after 15-year-old Udo
was raped by the police inspector, the Divisional Police
Officer at Mkpat Enin Police Division, Mkpat Enin Local
Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, sent two clerics and
some police officers to plead with Ime to let the matter go.
The clerics, who described themselves as senior apostles,
reportedly begged him to forgive the inspector, saying the
case was a big shame to the Nigeria Police Force.
Ime was said to have told the clerics that the matter was a
serious one and he could not let it go.
He had said, “This is a very serious thing – a police
inspector raping a 15-year-old girl at gunpoint. This is
more than robbery. He not only raped the girl, he
kidnapped her for three days and collected a ransom of
N10,000 as bail sum.”
Punch correspondent had on August 13, 2016 reported that
Ime escaped an assassination attempt at his house at
Nyaodiong village in Mkpat Enin LGA on August 9 at
He had, in a petition to the Commissioner of Police, Akwa
Ibom State, Mr. Murtala Mani, alleged threat to his life, the
lives of his family members, attempted arson of his new
house as well as malicious damage of his property.
Ime is the Director General, Centre for International
Integrity, Peace and Development in Nigeria.
Ime had on Friday told Punch correspondent that he was
with the CP to complain of frequent attacks on him and also
on how to get justice for Udo.
Mani, when contacted, said he had yet to confirm the report
as he was in Calabar.
He said, “I am yet to confirm the incident because I am in
Calabar. I heard of it.