Nemesis, yesterday, caught up with a 27-year-old serial rapist, Stephen Nyong, a native of Ikono Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, who resides at 18b, Inyang Edem Street, Mount Zion, Calabar, as he was arrested by youths of the community.
Vanguard gathered that Stephen and his gang, who have been on rampage terrorizing women in the neighbourhood for about a decade, intensified their nefarious activities by visiting almost every compound each night since the beginning of this year, where they rape women and girls.
According to the village head of Ndom Ndang, Muri Okon Effiong, who spoke with Vanguard, the gang has been operating in his domain for a very long time. He said: “As the custodian of this place, the chief and I took a decision to deal with them and we have arrested one today (yesterday).
“He and other gang members have raped over 60 girls. He alone had defiled over 20 girls this 2015.
He has been chased in more than three compounds but was not caught. His sins have caught up with him today.”
Chief Effiong revealed that Edem doesn’t only rape the girls but also makes sure he stabs and injures them as well as cart away any valuable within reach.
“It was last Sunday night’s attack that got the youths in the area enraged 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,” the monarch said.
According to a resident, Mrs Agnes Ubong, who also spoke with Vanguard, the suspect was a brutal rapist who showed no mercy to any of his victims as he stabbed them with his dagger after defiling them.
“After defiling my neighbour, Mary and her roommate, he stabbed both of them on the head and he also took their phones and N8,000 from them. They were both taken to the hospital this morning (yesterday),” she said.