A postgraduate student of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, has accused a man, Adesoji Orenowo, of raping her in his house at European Quarters, Meiran, Lagos.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the 24-year-old met Orenowo at a wedding ceremony in Ibadan, Oyo State, in December 2017.
The duo had reportedly exchanged telephone numbers and kept in touch through social media chats and calls.
The suspect was said to have invited the student, who resided in Abeokuta, to his house in Lagos.
It was gathered that Orenowo sent transport fare to the Osun State indigene.
The 35-year-old was alleged to have raped the victim during the encounter.
The postgraduate student, in her statement to the police, said she agreed to spend the night at Orenowo’s house because she trusted him.
“The reason I visited him was to know him more after we met in December 2017. He told me that he was always busy at work and if I were free during the weekend, we could hook up. He sent me N3,000 for transport fare. That was the first time he would send money to me.
“When I got to his place, I slept there because I met his uncle and the uncle’s wife with some cousins, who welcomed me. Though I was still uncomfortable and was contemplating on going back home, his uncle’s wife said I was safe.
“Around 10pm, I went to sleep in the room provided for me, which was opposite his uncle’s room. Around 2.30am, I saw Orenowo beside me; he was touching and harassing me. I suddenly stood up and went to the passage. Fortunately, his uncle came out to urinate and saw me reading the Bible with the torchlight of my phone. I went to sit in the sitting room.
“Orenowo came and suddenly dragged me from the sitting room through the passage into the room. While hitting my head on the wall, he held my neck. I called for help, but his uncle did not come out.
“He (Orenowo) almost strangled me, saying if I said anything, he would kill me and nobody would trace me. I received a lot of punches and slaps. He stripped me naked and threatened to tie me to the bed if I did not cooperate with him. He penetrated me through the anus and private parts.”
The victim said she reported the incident to Orenowo’s uncle and left the house for a hospital.
She said a nurse followed her to a police station to report the case.
Orenowo, however, denied the allegation, saying he did not sleep with his guest after she turned down his advances.
“While I was touching her after we had retired to bed, she told me not to touch her that she was in a fasting and prayer programme. She took the Bible on my bed and left the room.
“When she later came back from the sitting room, we started romancing each other and she insisted that she did not want to have sex and I left her to sleep.”
Orenowo was arraigned before an Ogba Magistrates’ Court on one count of sexual assault.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Christopher John, said the offence contravened Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
The charge read, “That you, Adesoji Orenowo, on September 7, 2018, around 2am, at European Quarters, Meiran, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully sexually assault one (name withheld), by penetrating her private parts.”
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The magistrate, Mr P.E. Nwaka, ordered that the suspect be remanded in prison.