The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the Anthony Village Police Division has been accused of alleged assault by a 15-year-old rape victim who insisted that he sprayed tear-gas on her and called her a prostitute after she reported a rape case at the station.
The victim leveled the allegations against the police chief at the Lagos State Special Offences Court while being led in evidence by the state counsel, Inumidun Solarin.
It was garnered that the victim who was allegedly raped on September 15, 2015, at a building construction site in Anthony Village, had gone to file a report about the incident at the police command when the DPO reportedly used tear gas on her.
According to the victim, she was coming from a church programme when she was stopped by one Afis Akande.
Akande reportedly implored the victim to follow him to his home under the guise her uncle was in the house.
The victim who is still a secondary school student gave a detailed description of how she was sexually molested before Justice Sybil Nwaka.
She said, “I attend Anthony Senior High School as of 2015, I was 15 years old. I was in JSS 2 then and I knew the defendant, Akande.
“I was on my way back from church and stopped at a shop to buy some items when I met Akande. He approached me and asked why I refused to answer him while he was calling me. I told him that I don’t answer people that I don’t know.
“He then replied that he knew me very well as well as my mother and my uncle, and asked me to follow him to his house. He asked me to take whatever I wanted from the mallam’s shop that he would pay, but I refused.
“When he pressed further, I finally agreed and collected a sachet of milk. He paid for the milk. Thereafter, he told me to come and greet my uncle, who he claimed, was in his house, and I agreed.
“We boarded a tricycle that took us to Westex in Gbagada. When we got there, we crossed over to a water corporation pipe. The place was looking strange and immediately, I became scared and started wondering if he was involved in rituals.”
She added, “So, I fearfully asked him about my uncle but he said I shouldn’t worry that we were almost at his place.
“When we got to his place, I refused to go inside the house, so I stood outside and asked him about my uncle. He didn’t reply but immediately grabbed my hand and started touching my buttocks and breasts.
“I struggled to free myself and begged him to leave me or I would scream. But he wouldn’t listen. So I asked him to allow me to go home, but he dragged me to a corner of the compound, under a tree.
“I began struggling with him while he was twisting my hand and using the other to remove my pants. When he finally succeeded, he raped me.
“After having sexual intercourse with me, I begged him to take me home, but he refused, saying he wasn’t yet satisfied. In the process, a man who he simply called ‘Emir’ walked in and I ran to him, half dressed, for help.”
The victim added ‘Emir’ held her down for Akande to molest her a second time claiming he was not satisfied the first time around.
She was eventually rescued by another man who saw what happened and told her to report the incident to the Anthony Police Division.
The victim stated, “When I got to the station and narrated what happened to me, the DPO began to abuse me and called me a prostitute. The DPO said I was a prostitute for following the man to his house. He said it was my fault.
“The DPO now brought teargas from his table and sprayed it in my eyes while calling me several unprintable names.
“He even wanted to spray the teargas into my private parts until I begged him and he left me. I was thereafter given a paper to write my statement and the matter was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.”
During the court proceedings on Tuesday, there was a twist as counsel to Akande, Worer Obuagbaka, disengaged himself from the case after listening to the victim’s ordeal.
Justice Nwaka, however, refused his request on the basis that he had not presented a cogent reason before the court for wanting to withdraw from the case.
The case was adjourned till January 30, 2019, for the continuation of trial.