Habiba, a 9-year-old girl has died after her body began to rot following a “ritualistic rape” incident in Edo State, Nigeria.
Priscilla Usiobaifo, the founder of Brave Hearts Initiative said the chief confessed to the crime and begged for forgiveness.
Habiba gave up the ghost on August 29 while she was being transferred to a more advanced hospital. She died exactly 80 days after being raped.
The parents were sure her death is linked to ritualistic rape because they knew the trend, symptoms and effects of such act.
She was allegedly raped by a chief, who was a family friend and who is now on the run. The alleged rape incident happened on June 11.
He later fled the community when he discovered that the girl’s parents were bent on getting justice.
Habiba was raped on June 11, 2020 and began rotting away.
She first suffered seizures hours after the rape incident and consequentially became unwell.
Her health continued to deteriorate, causing people to suggest that she had been raped for rituals and rashes appeared on her skin and her skin started peeling.
Ms Usiobaifo revealed that Habiba had become so deformed before her death that it was “extremely difficult” to recognize her.