A rape case involving one Fumilayo (not real name) (15 year-old) and Lati (a keke Marwa driver) was reported to the Foundation by Fumilayo’s mother who works with LAWMA and sells drinks by the side to augment her earnings to take care of herself and family.
According to Fumilayo, on her way back from school one day, Lati picked her and other passengers on the way but when the last passenger dropped, Lati Ajoje turned off the road into Water Estate by Mosan. Upon our enquiry, he said he wanted to pick up somebody then take her to her mother’s shop only for him to branch off to an abandoned building and threatened her with a knife before raping her on a mattress that was laid by the staircase. She was a virgin before the assault.
Thereafter he cleaned her up with a piece of cloth and offered her N200 which she rejected. Out of fear, she didn’t tell her mother but told her older sister who now reported to their mother. Though the matter was initially reported at Moshalashi Police Station but the case wasn’t followed through, the mother now came to report at the Foundation.
A letter was given to her by the Police to go for medical checkup at MIRABEL CENTRE opened by Lagos State in LASUTH to handle such cases and it was confirmed that she was truly raped. The rapist is still on the run but search is on-going, letters were written to the necessary agencies, OPD has given her a lawyer whilst NAPTIP has taken her in for proper counseling. The story was also published in Saturday Punch of 6th Feb. 2016.