A former president of the National Association of Nigerian Student, NANS, Oludare Ogunlana, has accused an Oyo State-owned hospital of sabotaging efforts to seek justice for a rape victim.
In a letter titled “End Violence against Women” and addressed to the first lady, Patience Jonathan, civil society groups, media, labour unions, youth group and student’s organizations, Mr. Ogunlana advocated for justice for the rape victim.
He explained how a female student of the Polytechnic of Ibadan, Eruwa Campus (Now Ibarapa Poly) was raped by one of the men of “Operation Burst” for five hours on Friday August 29.
Mr. Ogunlana said the suspected rapist is a soldier who currently serves in the joint anti-crime security outfit of the Oyo State Government.
“It is pathetic that the young lady has been left to her faith despite the overwhelming evidence and oral confession by the randy soldier to have assaulted the lady, detained, molested, harassed, threaten her life to instil fear, and raped her mercilessly under the mango tree in the vicinity of the operation burst office from 10 p.m. to 3a.m,” Mr. Ogunlana said.
Mr. Ogunlana said there is an ongoing attempt to silence the victim and deny her justice.
He said the initial medical evidence from an Oyo State government-owned hospital, which would have supported the claim of the lady, was deliberately subverted.
He explained that the lady was taken to the Oyo State government to ensure provision of medical treatment for the victim but the resident doctor on duty only used the flashlight of his BlackBerry mobile phone to examine the victim’s private part and concluded he did not see traces of semen even though he added the vagina was tampered with and hence, declared the report inconclusive.
Mr. Ogunlana added that the same doctor who said he did not see the traces of seminal fluid on her went ahead to recommend emergency contraceptive pill for the young lady.
“It is pathetic that no agent of the Oyo State government or Army has reached out to the lady in question to offer counselling or move her to Ibadan for further medical examinations,” Mr. Ogunlana said.
He added that though the suspect was identified among his colleagues and was arrested by the police, the later claimed the suspect has been handed over to the Army authority for further investigation but refused to release his identity.
Mr. Ogunlana called on the Nigerian Police Force to conduct forensic examination on the cloth and underwear the lady wore on the night of the incident in order to collect evidence to prosecute the suspect.
He also called on the Oyo State government to ensure provision of medical treatment for the victim and also facilitate counselling for this young lady. .
When PREMIUM TIMES contacted the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Kola Shodipo, he said he was new and did not have full details on the rape case.
“I just resumed work like few days back, I have heard the story but I do not have detailed information on it, you would have to call me back,” he said.