The family of a rape victim identified simply as Favour has demanded justice after she was left paralysed in the April 23, 2020 incident.
An aunt to the victim, Mary Bassey, explained that her niece has been battling for her life at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos since she was raped by 28-year-old Godday Robinson in the Agbara area of Ogun State.
Bassey revealed that Favour used to live with Robinson’s sister until she left after he began to make unbearable love advances towards her and eventually raped her.
“Favour was formerly living with the suspect’s sister, because they work together in the same factory at the OPIC Estate in Agbara. Godday came to visit his sister and saw Favour and after that visit, he started coming frequently and later moved in with his sister till he raped Favour when his sister was not around.
“It was neighbours, who rescued her and took Godday to the police station, where he wrote an undertaking that he would not touch her again, but Favour had to leave his sister’s place and started living with us.
“On the day of the incident, Favour was supposed to come home in the morning after her night duty, but we did not see her; so, we had to call some of her coworkers on the same shift with her, but they said they all left the factory together.
“We started looking for her but we didn’t see her till the next day when someone informed me that they saw a girl inside a gutter claiming that she was raped; so, I went there to check if it was Favour and when I saw her, I could not believe that she would be alive, but people advised that I should go and call the police before we could take her to hospital.
“When the police came, she was able to tell them what happened and who raped her before she was taken to hospital. If the police had not followed us, the hospital would not have attended to us, because her fingernails were peeled off and her face was full of blood.
“She said Godday told her that he was going to kill her and it would be the odour that would make people to know that her corpse was there.
“We moved from one hospital to another before we were finally referred to Igbobi. She still can’t talk or sit as the injury affected her spinal cord. We are passing food through her nose as she can’t eat with her mouth. We want the suspect to be prosecuted for putting Favour’s life in danger ; he has cost us a lot of things and we want him to pay for this,” Bassey told The Punch.
The Ogun State Police Command said the suspect would be charged to court on Monday.