A man named Imonitie Ilen-Otuma has been arrested by the police for allegedly raping a 27-year-old sickle cell woman in the Lekki area of Lagos.
A report said the man had earlier been arrested in May for raping a colleague, and had been freed when the victim’s family agreed to withdraw the case.
In the present case, the victim’s mother said the suspect threatened to strangle her daughter and dump her corpse by the roadside, despite her pleas to him that she was a virgin. She added that Precious was still undergoing treatment in a hospital in the area due to the severity of the injuries she sustained.
She said, “My daughter is a sickle cell sufferer. She met Imonitie in the university. He was a year ahead of her. They started dating, but my daughter warned him that there would be no sex until they got married. Later, she learnt that the man had dated one of her friends, which Imonitie confirmed. So, since that time, they ended the relationship.
“The week that the incident happened, she said both of them met again on BBM, and he started persuading her to let them go out again. On that Friday, he called her and said he was taking her to see a movie.
“After the movie, they went clubbing in the Lekki area, where he raped her. She told us that she was not feeling strong. She said she remembered being walked out of the club to the back of Imonitie’s car.
“But when she opened her eyes, it was daytime, and he was on top of her at the back of the car. That was when the struggle started. He beat her up, squeezed her neck, while she begged him that she was a virgin, and he should not rape her. But he ignored her pleas and after the act, he gave her some tissues to clean the blood.”
Imonitie’s mother, spoke in his defense saying her son loved the lady and wanted to marry her. She added that he did not mean to brutalise or kill her as claimed.
She said, “My son has told me that he loves the girl and wants to marry her. He is AA, and the girl is SS. So, they are compatible. He did not mean to kill her as claimed. If he wanted to, would he still drive her home after the incident? I am not justifying his actions, but he was tempted to commit the act. His intention is to marry the girl.”