19-year-old lady allegedly drugged and gang raped by her boyfriend and his friends in Lagos, police detain victim in cell
A 19 year old lady simply identified as Oyindamola, was allegedly drugged and gang raped by her boyfriend and his friends at a party in the Alagbado area in Lagos state on June 30th. The older sister of the victim, Mrs Afolabi, in an exclusive interview with LIB, said the victim who was a virgin, was invited to a birthday party by her boyfriend, Roy Arinze, who drugged her, took her away from the party while she was unconcious and raped her alongside two of his friends. On the 30th of June, my sister Oyindamola went for a birthday party with one of her best friend called Roy Arinze. Arround 6pm, Roy invited her to a birthday party which was celebrated by one of his brothers. On getting to the party, Roy brought beer for my sister to drink and she had never taken beer before. He begged her to drink it so she collected it from him and she drank it. After taking the alcohol, she said she doesn't know what is happening to her. The next thing, she found herslef in Roy's house. Roy took her to his house. She was unconcious. When she woke up, she saw three guys packing blood. She was like what is going on here? What happened. Roy responded that he just fingered her. She was like you just fingered me and I am seeing three guys packing blood. Roy responded that they came to her rescue. She said she wants to start going home. She woke up around 9.30pm. During that period, she had switched off her phone. We have been looking for her. They asked her to sleep over but she said no that she cannot wait that she has to go back home. They put her to a bike and she went home. When my sister got home, she went straight to bed. She did not inform anybody. The next day, my mum went out and she called me to say she wasn't feeling alright. She said she was feeling pains in her vagina. I asked her what happened and she told me that she went to her boyfriend's place yesterday and that he told her that he fingered her and that since then, she hasn't been feeling okay. I was thinking maybe normal tears, maybe the guy slept with her and disvirgined her and she had a few tears. I called a nurse who told me she can take Ampiclox and then sit on warm water. Oyindamola was in so much pain that she couldn't walk. So she wanted to go and buy the drugs which is Ampiclox. On getting to the pharmacy which was in our neighboorhood, the pharmacist saw the way she was walking and was like what happened to you Oyindamola? She responded that she is having pains all over her body and that she wants to buy drugs. The pharmacist was like you are having body pains and you want to buy Ampiclox? The pharmacist forced her to come closer to see what was happening down. She bent and opened her vagina for the pharmacist. The pharmacist was shocked and was very suprised. She directed her to Fumbi Medical Center hospital in our area. She went there and she was admitted. Because my mum wasn't around and I wasn't around as well, , she called Roy to tell him she was in the hospital. The guy came down to the hospital. The doctor asked them to pay N38, 000 to stitch it for my sister. I think the doctor did not know it was something big. Later on, my mum got in touch with her and asked her ''where are you?'. She said she was in the hospital. When she got to the hospital, my mum was very surpised. She rushed down to the police station on AIT Alagbado to report. She got there and at the counter, met a female police officer who accompanied her to get Roy arrested. On getting there, they saw Roy and the doctor discussing. Roy was promising the doctor that he will pay extra N25, 000 to take care of Oyindamola as well as beg our mother on his behalf. Roy was immediately arrested and taken to the police station. When they got there, the policemen were asking my mum to pay N5000 to open file, another N5000 for transport and another N5000. They were just asking her for money. She was like money for what? Is it a crime for me to come and tell you that something happened to me and you can't come to my rescue? (sic) The police woman told my mum if she cannot pay the money, then she should forget about the case. My mum was surprised and was like why would she say such a thing? She left for home and returned with N5000 which was all she could gather. Before she returned to the police station, I think the police woman and Roy had discussed. Roy asked her to please help him beg my mum and that he is going to settle the woman. The police woman told my mum that she come so they can settle the matter because she knows she doesn't have money. She told my mum that if they go to court, she would lose because she doesn't have money. She was like you don't have money to pay N5000 for transport. My Mum was like why would she say such a thing. She told my mum that she should provide the remaining money asked for as soon as possible otherwise she would release the suspect, Roy. My mum did not have much with her. She rushed down to the church and called upon the brethren that they should please come to her aid. My mum and the church members visited the police station on Wednesday July 2nd. They went straight to the DPO's office as the female police officer was not on sit. The DPO wasn't aware of what was even happening. The DPO said he was not even aware wasn't even in the cell. He begged my mum and church members. Some people hinted us that we should call humanright activists that they are ready to fight for us and can take up the issue. We got their number and called them that same Wednesday. We called and Mrs Fola from Ikeja spoke to us. She came on Thursday July 3rd. She met my sister in the Hospital and asked her questions. She also met with doctor. The doctor told Mrs Fola he did not see any sign of penetration and that he doesn't understand the case and that she should just take it easy. Mrs Fola then said no that she will not take it easy and that it must be charged to court. That Thursday, the doctor gave us a bill of N55, 000 and asked us to go and pay. My sister all through this period couldn't urinate by herself. They had to pass a pipe through her body. Unfortuately we don't have much, we are very rich. We didn't have much with us. We tried to run helter skelter to raise the money. We didn't have much because my dad has not been feeling fine for a very long time. He cannot walk. We have been spending much on my dad. This Oyinda own coming suddenly made us weak. Before then, Roy's family members have been coming down to the hospital, begging us that we should settle this matter because they are Igbo, we we are Yoruba (sic). They said they will pick up the bill and that they will give us some amount of money and that anything we want we should ask for. I personally said no because this guy is not telling us the truth because after he injured my sister, he cleaned her blood with his clothes and white handkerchief. We even asked for the clothes he used to clean her blood but he said he had burnt it. We don't even know what he used the blood to do. The police just put him in their custody. They did not question him nor ask him We were also surprised because my sister said they were three when she openned her eyes. They left the remaining two guys. They did not interrogate them.'' she said Speaking further, Mrs Afolabi said the Humanright activisit insisted that Oyinda must be examined at the Mirabel Medical center within seven days as the test will not be able to detect anything after seven days. On Saturday July 6th, the humanrights activist came to take Oyindamola for the test but the doctor denied her access because we had not paid the hospital bill. The doctor said she cannot release Oyindamola unless the hospital bill is paid. We pleaded that she should just allow Oyindamola to go for the test and come back to the hospital. We were like we will try and go to church on Sunday and gather something. The doctor refused. Thank God for Mrs Fola. , she spoke with the doctor who pledged to ensure Oyindamola returns to the hospital. At the end of the day, Mrs Fola left with Oyindamola and my brother to Mirabel for the test. Me and my mum we were there at the hospital. They brought her back to the hospital. On Sunday we got to church and we were not able to gather anything. We were just tired. Later we agreed that Roy's family should pay the money because it is their responsibility because they are the ones that caused everything. They paid the bill and we went home. On Monday July 8th, I went to the police station to find out what is happening and they said they have not made any arrest because they have not seen any evidence. They asked me to take a sheet of paper to Mirabel to collect the result. On Tuesday July 9th, we went down to Mirabel. On that Saturday when they went for the test in Mirabel, they met with one Dr Alabi who enlightened Mrs Fola that it was a gang rape. He said from what he saw, it was a gang rape. He said the result will come out in 7 days. He said they raped her through her vagina and through her anus . The doctor was so sad. According to Mrs Afolabi, on Monday July 15th, the police called for a meeting between her family and Roy's family members. On getting to the station, Oyindamola and her mother were shocked to see Roy arrriving the police station on a motorbike. They never knew the police had released Roy. A few minutes later, the police informed them that the meeting had been postponed to the next day. Oyindamola accused the police officer of wasting her time as she was meant to be at the Mirabel medical center for further treatment but had to cancel it because of the meeting. Mrs Afolabi said that to her family's suprise, the police officer accused Oyindamola of being rude and locked her up in the cell. She said the police threatened her mum that she will also be locked up if she isn't careful. She was detained in the cell till the next day July 16th. In the night, the policemen were interrogating her again. They told her that when they get to court, she should tell them that she was not sleeping when Roy was having sex with her. They were collecting another statement from her again. They did not give her food or medication. The next day, my mummy came and they said they want to go to court because they have collected another statement. They said they were going to court that morning which was yesterday. She called me and I was surprised. I was angry because the police decided to go to court now after forcing my sister to make another statement. The police officers collected my mum's phone so she could not be able to talk to me, forced her into a vehicle with Oyindamola and they drove to the court'' she said Mrs Afolabi said Roy was in the court and his lawyers asked the court to grant him bail. The Magistrate court adjourned the case to September 26th. Mrs Afolabi says all her family is demanding is justice for her sister, Oyindamola.