The father of Barakat Bello, the 18-year-old student of the Institute of Agriculture, Research and Training, Ibadan, in Oyo State, who was stabbed to death by armed robbers who invaded their home on Monday, has revealed that she was raped before she was killed by the attackers.
A Facebook user who first shared the story online, claimed she was stabbed to death by the robbers because she resisted their attempts to rape her.
However, her father in an interview with Sahara Reporters revealed that the armed robbers raped his daughter before they stabbed her to death.
Narrating what happened, late Barakat’s father, Kasimu Elepo, said;
I was not at home when the incident happened. The younger sister was not at home too, she went for Quaranic lessons but when she returned home, she saw her at the back of the house with deep cuts all over her body. She had been raped and killed.
Somebody called me on the phone that I should come home but he refused to tell me what happened. When I got home, I saw that my daughter had been raped and stabbed to death.
As at press time, the Oyo state police command is yet to release an official statement about the incident.
The deceased’s mother, Kafayat Bello has also reacted to the gruesome killing of her daughter.
In an interview with BBC Yoruba, Kafayat revealed that she was also not at home during the attack but returned home to find her daughter in a pool of blood.
She lamented that Barakat’s killers did not let Barakat fulfill her promises to uplift their family from poverty.
Only God knows how it happened. I was not at home. Some neighbours called me around 6pm. By the time I got home, I found my daughter in the pool of blood. I was shocked. She took her phone to Kara for repair on Sunday and went to retrieve it on Monday around 2pm. Some people saw her around 5pm while returning home.
She later went to fetch water to take a bath. Those killers had stolen some things in our room. They met her on their way out through the backyard and attacked her.
The distraught mother described her late daughter as a precious child and a comfort to her.
She added that;
She made a lot of promises for me to turn our lives around because we are poor. They (the killers) did not make my daughter fulfil all her promises. There is nothing people can do for me that would bring her back to life. But one thing I am asking Allah is whoever is involved in the killing of my daughter be exposed before seven days.
Watch the interview with Kafayat Bello below;