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Lekki Rape Case: “My Parents Live In Fear” - Victim Cries Out
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Lekki Rape Case: “My Parents Live In Fear” - Victim Cries Out

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

The 23-year-old lady, who was allegedly raped by two ‘Lekki Big Boys’, Chima Eyinnaiya, 25, and his friend, Segun Razak aka Dj Rico, 28, has opened up about threats to the lives of those close to her.

Despite the horrible experience that befell her and changed her life for the worst, the family of the suspect has continued to intimidate her parents with trumped-up charges.

The victim, however, in an interview with LIB stated that she is unmoved by their attempts to thwart justice and will fight against all odds and stigmatization until her violators are brought to book.

She further revealed that she is also fighting so she can motivate other victims suffering the same fate or who may find themselves in a similar position in the future.

She said in the interview, "It’s weird that your friends have read your story but don’t know it was about you; I have had friends who have sent the link of my story to be unaware that I am the subject," the lady whose identity has been kept a secret said when speaking about how she feels when she sees her story on the Internet.

She then proceeded to talk about how the parents of her violators are doing everything in their power to try and derail or delay justice from being served.

This has included trumped-up charges being filed against her witnesses, friends and family members who confronted Chima when the incident happened and threats to their lives.

"In the aftermath of my rape, I recounted what had happened to me to a close friend who went back to the hotel with his sister and we called the police in order to confront Chima and Segun. I didn’t come out of the car because I was still in shock but when Chima and Segun were confronted they confessed and owned up to what they had done to me.

"Picture and video recording of their criminal activities were found in their possession. Following the discovery at the scene of the crime, the police officers tried to effect the arrest of Chima and Segun but Chima’s father came and obstructed the arrest by locking the hotel premises. Chima’s father then desperately offered money bribe to stop the arrest of his son which was declined.

"As a result of the commotion being caused a crowd had gathered and a few people attested that this was a trend with Chima. Chima’s father on realizing that there was strong evidence against his son from the testimonies of a few people in the crowd quickly called his friend and threatened my life claiming he knows people at the police hierarchy.

"At this point, the police had to call for back-up which led to two more policemen being sent and with their help Chima and Segun were taken to the Maroko police station.

"Following their arrest, Chima and Segun were arraigned in court despite their family trying to derail the matter and pleading to me to end the case. Things took a turn after the arraignment of Chima and Segun when Chima’s father came with 2 policemen to arrest my friend and his sister who were held against their will immediately after stepping out of the courtroom.

"They were locked up for a day and forced to make statements without being told why they were arrested, even when their families came, no progress was made as the O.C in charge of the case had deliberately left.

"My friends were only able to secure police bail the next day with the help of their family lawyer and were asked to report at the police station every day. At this point the reason for their arrest was revealed to be that the parents of Chima and Segun claimed in a petition that they brought 3 buses filled with 30 people to the hotel who threatened lives, shooting all over the hotel and destroyed properties.

"Their petition further stated that one of my friends took a gun to Maroko police station and was shooting and the DPO didn’t arrest him. When the matter was brought before the AIG, he said the officer in charge should settle the case as he didn’t think there was enough evidence against my friends as bullet shells were not found at the alleged crime scene.

"Despite having no case against my friends, the parents of Chima and Segun tried to join the rape case against their children and this trumped-up charge against my friends as a single case with the intention to derail the former.

"The OC handling the case forced my friends to call my parents who were told to drop the rape case in exchange for the trumped-up charges to be dropped. My father had to agree to this being that someone else’s son and daughter’s liberty were at risk just because they were defending me.

"Segun Razak’s father asked for a letter of withdrawal of the rape case against his son addressed to the DPP, the court, gender and all the witnesses of the victim should swear an affidavit.

"My father got legal representation and settlement terms were drafted and handed over to their lawyer for review. Afterward, the OC monitoring said they should not involve lawyers but resolve it within themselves. In exchange, Chima issued to us a forged letter of withdrawal for the trumped-up case against my friends.

"Thinking we had settled the case; it was a shock to receive a call from the IPO to report to zone 2 and when my friends arrived, they met both the parents of Chima and Segun at the OC monitoring’s office. Everything that followed happened fast; the charge sheets against them were completed and it became clear there were plans to charge them to court without due process.

"The IPO then started manhandling them to court and he refused to allow them to get legal representation, threatening to shoot. They were taken to Igbosere magistrate court where there were arraigned and bail was given thanks to the help of a lawyer who was at the court premises sympathetic to their plight.

"The case has been adjourned until the 15th of May 2019. It was at this point I realized that the case against my friends was a twisted vendetta driven by the parents of my violators when they found out that I could not drop my case against Chima and Segun in exchange to save my friends from further persecution.

"Despite it being the only logical option at the time the Lagos State Government were going to proceed with the rape case against Chima and Segun in court.

"My concern now is whether justice would be served in light of the risks my friends and family have been subjected to on the account of a crime committed against me.

"Despite my fear about coming out to fight the injustices against me – the effect of this experience which has been mental, physical and affected my business- it doesn’t compare to having someone else suffer all for doing the right thing by standing up for a victim.

"I will not deny myself the right and opportunity to bring the truth to light, because I know by so doing someone else who might have had a similar experience would be inspired to stand up for her right.

"To the parents of the Chima and Segun: I am as ashamed for you as I am sorry for you. I believe you may have daughters and if they fall victims of rape what would you do? Put yourselves or your daughters in the shoes of the victim.

"How do you move from apologizing and begging over the actions of your children to fabricating a case against innocent people all with the aim to pervert the cause of justice to protect your predatory children? Your act of intimidation and coercion is unacceptable! The truth will come to light and legal justice will be served.”