#ProtectTheCorpers: An unusual tale of election violence

by K. Giwa

I’ve been meaning to put this down for a while, but I thought that my case might be termed ‘lucky’ since  some people died and some have been rendered handicapped because of the elections…

My name is Lola and am a serving corps member in Lagos, where fortunately there was little or no record of violence. However, we have our own stories too.

My ordeal started on the Friday before the cancelled NASS elections. We had been told to converge at our collation centre. I got there, and to my utmost shock it was a school with nothing to sleep on but the bare floor. We were left to the mercy of mosquitoes with no form of security whatsoever. I was perplexed. I lived in Ikoyi and my collation centre was in Ikeja (my PPA is in Ikeja). There was no way I could go home, and didn’t see myself sleeping under such terrible conditions. Some people were already making alternative plans on where to sleep and others were making themselves comfortable. I started going through my phone book to see if I knew someone who lived close to my collation centre.

After what seemed like forever, Voila! I saw Femi’s name  and remembered he stays in Ikeja. Without thinking, though I hadn’t spoken to him in a long time, I dialled his number and explained the mess I was in. I didn’t forget to mention that I had a friend with me. He said he would get back to me in five minutes and hung up. True to his word he called back in five minutes and said we could come over. Elated, we got a cab and made our way to his house. On our arrival, he gave orders to the cook to make us a meal, we cleaned up and got ready for bed.

I must have slept for a while when suddenly I felt someone fondling my breasts. ‘This is not possible,’ I thought to myself, but it didn’t stop. I woke up with a fright and to my surprise, Femi was beside me and then I heard my friend Bisi scream. I realised someone was with her too. I struggled, but he was very powerful. He forced himself on me and didn’t let go till he was done.

By the time Femi and his accomplice stood up and left the room I was crying and so was Bisi. We didn’t say a word to each other but I was in as much agony as I imagined she was. I must have cried myself to sleep because Bisi woke me up and said it was 6:00am and we had to leave. I didn’t see Femi or his friend, but the driver was already waiting to take us to our collation centre. The drive was short and silent. As soon as the car stopped in front of our collation centre, the driver gave me an envelope. We got out of our car, and he drove away.

I couldn’t look at Bisi and I was filled with guilt. It was all my fault. I shouldn’t have taken her there. Why did he do that? As if she read my mind, she said “Lola it’s not your fault, we will be fine”. I burst into tears, sad for both of us.

As if nothing had happened Bisi asked me playfully, “so what’s in the envelope?”

Opening it, I saw a note. “I’m sorry”, it said. There was also 200,000 naira. All I could think of was the fact that he has ‘paid’. I couldn’t stop the tears from flowing.

*All the names in the above story have been changed to protect the identities of  those involved.

7 Comments

  • emem says:

    First of all, I think d lady is lucky she is alive n dint come down wif any STDs. Then secondly, u can never really know a man cauz I'm pretty sure she wuldnt hav called d guy if she didn't trust him to an extent. Then wots up wif d sick guy? was he tryin to make them feel less horrible wif d 200k bcauz dat can change d fact dat his penis rules his head wif an iron fist. D guy is a psycho n there shuld be a penalty for rape in nigeria cauz rapists shuldnt jst get away. They shuld face d penalty for their actions. Anyways, thank God she is out of dat situation n movin on wif her life.

  • meg says:

    I don't mean to sound negative or mean,but i think d babe was very,very lucky. U shd have known d kind of person femi was before going to his place to spend d nyt. u know dat men cannot be trusted. d guy's even funny. he gave u 200,000 naira? Mehn,dats some money ooo. if every rape victim got settled like dat,… Anyways,i jst hope d money is clean and dat him n his frnd used protection. u're really lucky to be alive unlike d corpers in d north dat really suffered. U myt decide to go n report him to d police but i don't have faith in our judicial system. Take heart dear. worse thgs have bn known to happen. It is well

  • Val says:

    It is so sad… #ProtectTheCorpers Indeed. I write this with tears rolling down ma face.

  • Gloria says:

    U so heartless.The lady has to live with this for the rest of her life and this's is ur comment…people sha

  • Elejowewe says:

    I agree with Demo – if it really happened, they should speak to the police or someone about this.

  • Demo says:

    If this really happened, then the corps members ought to report to the police.

  • Nokia User says:

    No wonder you're telling the story

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