Cases of rape and kidnap is rampant in the community, but sometimes, they are under-reported.
In one terrible case, a 15-year-old schoolgirl, who was allegedly abducted, drugged and raped by four men in the Ikotun area of Lagos State, has now narrated her ordeal in the hands of her abductors.
The teenager was found and rescued on Friday, July 15 by men of the Nigerian Police after a search team was launched. Her freedom came five days after she went missing.
Her father, Tony, had told PUNCH Metro that she had just finished sitting for her West African Senior School Examination when she was abducted.
The teenager said she was on her way to her classmate’s house for a rehearsal when the incident happened.
She said the rehearsal was for their graduation party in school.
The victim said, “I was going to my classmate’s house when I saw somebody I knew (Ifeanyi the great) at Kasali Street.
“After we greeted, he asked me to get into his car and when I got into the car, I didn’t know what I was doing. But I remember that we stayed at the house of his friend, ThankGod Ifohonyedika, because they were two in the car.
“I was there for five days without food and when I told them I wanted to go home, they sprinkled water on my face and gave me to drink.
“They also gave me something to smoke and immediately I smoked it, I forgot everything. I didn’t remember anything again.
“Whenever I regained my senses, I saw myself naked and felt pains in my private parts and each time I tried going to the door, I felt dizzy and sat back.
“They did not allow me to go close to the window or come outside. At times, when I told them I wanted to go home, they would just tell me, ‘Ok, we are coming’ and immediately, they would just make me smoke that stuff, and I would forget everything.
“On Friday, July 15, when the police came, he resisted arrest and when I tried to open the door, he (Ifeanyi) pushed me into the kitchen and locked the door until the police broke the door open and came in and brought me out.
“I was there for five days without food; just water and the stuff I was given to smoke.”
She noted that only Ifohonyedika was arrested.
She claimed that at the Ikotun Police Station, she heard tales of how Ifohonyedika was notorious for allegedly abducting, drugging and raping girls.
The father of the victim, Tony, told PUNCH Metro that the Lagos State Ministry of Justice invited the victim, adding that she was counselled by the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team at Alausa, Ikeja.
He noted that Ifohonyedika’s parents had been begging him to drop the case.
Tony said, “People have been calling me and even the suspect’s parents for settlement. They have been asking how we would settle the case and I told them that I did not know, as I have already gone too far.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, could not be reached for comments as of the time of filing this report.Follow us on social media