Teacher narrates how she was raped with polythene bag as protection
A teacher of a Catholic Secondary School in Lagos has narrated before an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court how a suspected armed robber raped her in her home using a polythene bag as protection. The teacher made the revelation yesterday while giving evidence during the trial of two men in their 20’s – Babatunde Oluwaleke and Daniel Ojo – over the alleged rape and armed robbery.
While being led in evidence by Akin George, the lead prosecuting counsel for the state, the teacher gave a an account of how the incidence took place in her home by Oluwaleke on March 6, 2018. She told the court that between 2:00a.m. and 3:00a.m. while asleep in her bedroom, she was awoken by some noise and she saw two males, a tall one (Ojo) and a short one (Oluwaleke) both dark in complexion, ordering her to get up.
She said: “I told them I had no money and the first defendant (Oluwaleke) said I must produce money or he will kill me. I was pleading and the second defendant (Ojo) told him that they should go because that is not what they came for. I was tying a wrapper and the first defendant asked me to lie on the bed, I was pleading and he pushed me back on the bed, I begged that he should not rape me that I don’t have money but he took my Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card, mobile phones and all that I have.
“He brought out a knife, placed the tip on my stomach and threatened to stab me if I did not cooperate. When he opened my wrapper, he saw I was menstruating and I didn’t know from where he produced a polythene bag. He tied the nylon on his penis and inserted his penis into my vagina. I was pleading that I could be his sister but he ignored me, asking me to shut up. Much later, he removed the polybag and raped me without protection. When the first defendant was done, the second defendant was telling him that was not what they came for and that they needed to go.”
She said after they left, terrified, she prayed, hoping that the other members of her household were unharmed. The teacher said when she went to check on members of her family, she realised that they had all slept through her ordeal. “My mother and her friend were still sleeping in the sitting room. Things were scattered and the contents of their handbags were emptied on the floor. I woke them up and told them what happened.”
The teacher said members of her family immediately reported the crime to the authorities and she was taken to the hospital the same morning for medical examination and counseling.
She said on the same day, she was also taken to the Afonka Police Station, Alimosho, Lagos, where four recently apprehended armed robbery suspects were shown to her and she was asked if any of the suspects had raped and robbed her. “Immediately I saw the first defendant, I recognised him. Even with my eyes closed, I can identify him. I identified him to the police, wrote a statement and went home and the case was transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).”
Following her testimony, Mr O Egbo, the counsel to the defendants requested for an adjournment in order to effectively cross-examine the teacher. Obliging his request, Justice Abiola Soladoye adjourned the case until September 30 for cross-examination of the witness.
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