Court Dismisses Case of 21 Year-Old UNILAG Student who Jumped from Third Floor of 1004 to Escape Rape by Facebook Friend

Posted on Thursday, February 7th, 2013 at 1:43 PM

By Adeola Adeyemo

Remember the news report of  a 21 year-old student of University of Lagos who jumped from the third floor of a building in 1004 Estates, VI to escape being raped? She had followed a man she met on Facebook home after they hung out at a night club but resisted his sexual advances towards her and jumped down to get away from him.  BellaNaija reported the news when it broke in November 2012 {click here}.

In a new development, the News Agency of Nigeria is reporting that the Tinubu Magistrates’ Court yesterday struck out a case of attempted rape against the suspect for “want of diligent prosecution”.

The suspect, 26 year-old Arthur Obiora, faced a three-count charge of threat to life, attempted rape and causing bodily harm to the 21-year-old student. He however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Following a reshuffle in the Lagos State Judiciary, a new magistrate, Awogboro, took over the case from Martins Owunmi on Wednesday and granted a prayer of the defence to strike out the case.

The defence counsel had asked the court to strike out the case since the victim and her family had not appeared in court since the inception of the case in November 2012. After the arraignment, the case had been adjourned twice before it came up on Wednesday but no prosecution witness showed up.

He told the court that the two families had “entered into discussions on how to resolve the case amicably’’.

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    • m.h February 7, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      Stay in school no way u will b following men up and down..why did she follow him home in the 1st place wen she knows she doesn’t want sex..dis shld serve as deterrent to other girls dat do dis out there..

      • Bleed blue February 7, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        Very stupid comment. So following him to his place essentially means she wants sex? It’s such ridiculous notions that make men feel secure in their animalistic desire to pounce on a female within their reach just because she’s in their territory. Nobody has a right to any other person’s body, regardless of circumstance.

        So if a guy goes back home with his male friend after a night of hanging out in the club as friends, should he then expect sex? why should it be any different for us females? The issue isn’t where the girl went or didn’t go, it’s that men should please realise that no means no and refrain from forcing yourself on any female who isn’t prepared to have sex with you. End of!

        • Bimpe February 7, 2013 at 7:02 PM

          Now you are very silly, you comment however is very incompetent. Why don’t you follow a stranger home after a club night (which means around 3am – 6am) and see if an movie una wan watch. Kmt. Completely and utterly stupid. Where is your diligence, common’ nw. When she following the guy home during that time, did she think she would go home that same time or sleepover at his, and if it really meant so much to her both families wouldn’t have sorted the damn thing out of court, common now. I am not excusing the guys behaviour however both parties have a part to play in this circumstance. Same way a man follows a woman home after a club night…. What are they going to do, stay up all morning and stir into each others eyes…. Don’t think so dear. Isn’t it the same bed hy will sleep on

        • Bleed blue February 7, 2013 at 11:48 PM

          Bimpe, with your dodgy spelling, you’re clearly the same person as “m.h.”. Rant all you want, I repeat, NO ONE HAS A RIGHT TO FORCE SEX irrespective of the circumstance. If you have sons now or in the future, please don’t transfer this ludicrous mentality to them, encouraging them to believe it’s the girl’s fault for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. On the contrary please teach them to respect a woman NO MATTER WHAT…but then again…with your crass mentality, I suspect you’ll only spend time aggressively screaming at your poor daughters in Yoruba not to talk to that boy next door and spoil their lives and disgrace the family…or some other archaic BS.

        • igbobabe February 14, 2013 at 4:01 PM

          When you follow a guy home from a club, at a late hour, what do you think the guy has in mind. Please think before you speak

    • ao February 7, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      The correct legal conclusion was reached. If the complainant does not pursue a case, then it is usually stricken. On the other hand, I feel for the young woman because pursuing a rape case is difficult especially since most blame the victim and that is probably one reason that she did not follow through. As for the accused…karma is a b*tch.

      • Bleed blue February 7, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        WORD!

      • Mariaah February 7, 2013 at 3:59 PM

        I agree with you.. The court has the right to strike d case since she didn’t appear in court.. Rape cases aren’t easy, the pain she must feel, for her to have jumped the story like that!! The rapist will receive his REWARD soon enough!! :)

        Girl if you can see this, don’t worry.. Get help from a psychiatrist or a therapist and be careful next time..

        • ID February 8, 2013 at 5:31 AM

          The real tragedy of this is that the girl’s family was supposed to prosecute the case. Is this a joke? what arrant crap? this is a state case

    • Docife February 7, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      I hope she heals from this emotional and psychological trauma…

      docife.blogspot.com/

    • Bamz February 7, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      m.h talking like that is one of the reasons victims of rape don’t report or follow up on the cases. Many times we focus on the person and take our eyes off the issue. I agree, there is no excuse for putting herself in danger like she did but it still doesnt permit crime. Its unfortunate that the guy might likely get away with it. Please people let us continue to educate our youths; it is better to be safe than sorry. The chances of getting justice in Nigeria is very slim so let us work more at prevention by educating young people.

    • idn1 February 7, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      Won’t you rather get saved by Jesus and experience peace than jumping up and down including 1004.
      Make hay while the sun shines

    • konnie February 7, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      Rape cases are quite difficult particularly for the victim who has to face her/his attacker.
      It is unfortunate , it has been struck down because, these issues have to be addressed and redressed or they will continued. She should have stood her ground in court

    • rita February 7, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Only fools will read this story and jump into conclusion fast before theyfinish reading the story.so many unanswered questions from both sides(girl&boy)…..the girl is to blame and same goes for the guy…well it has happned so,let all that have ears listen and learn from it!!!…………GIRLS plsssssssssssssssss try and wise up biko,plssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Sonia February 8, 2013 at 12:11 AM

        Why ONLY girls???!! WHY???!!! When will people start to call men (many, not all) for what they really are? Sexually perverted, sexually wicked and power drunk fools that the society encourages them to be??? This is why Nigerian fathers even at their old age still chase little girls but it’s always the woman who should be cautioned and serve the judgment for the man.
        Women like you are even worse than the men who rape.

        • Bleed blue February 8, 2013 at 10:19 AM

          Sonia! Well said jare! The education needs to start with the men, let us teach our sons that there is no excuse for this kind of behaviour. It’s such an annoying thing to hear even fellow women lay blame on the female for being assaulted.

    • Cool cat February 7, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      The case here is attempted rape, it is almost impossible to prove this in court when the actual rape did not occur. Did he batter her before she jumped or she simply ran when he approached her? If of her own admission, she jumped, then by law there really is no case against the accused. I find it hard to believe that the accused’s mother slept through the incidence, like didn’t she scream or bang the hell out of doors for help? The case is rather sketchy, i guess that’s why she chose not to pursue it legally. That being said, DO NOT follow a stranger home especially when that person is intoxicated.

    • despy February 8, 2013 at 12:37 AM

      Judging by some of the comments on this page, I am not surprised that this poor lady refused to pursue the case. By the way for you guys that think it is a license to jump on a woman once she is in your teritory………..foul!!! many are languishing in FOREIGN jails and there names tarnished forever. Please mothers educate your boys not to jump on any woman like animals. For women in this country excercise caution………we have a long way to go. No man has ANY EXCUSE to treat a woman like this, she could have lost her life easily.

    • Ndidiamaka February 8, 2013 at 5:05 AM

      It’s very, very easy to say the girl did this or that or if she didn’t want it why was she there in the first place, only people without home training will go to a boy’s house, she wasn’t born again, blah. blah. blah. This type of mentality: one that constantly seeks to bash the victim while exonerating or completely turning a blind eye to injustice and the perpetrator of those injustices is the reason why Nigeria is on a nice, wide trajectory to s***sville. Wake up and smell the proverbial coffee, until you walk in another person’s shoes you have no right, NONE to judge.

    • Omotoyosi February 8, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      The question is….. What is wrong with a day date, especially with someone you are meeting for the first time?

    • K February 8, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      you guys are idiots

    • K February 8, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      dumb ppl

    • Yworry February 8, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Hmmm….Well goin about d real story of dis case….In d first place to me I can’t really count it to b a Rape case…..4 d veri 1st time dey met….D guy took d girl out and Spend enuff 4 her….D girl follow him home….Around wat TiMe??? D guy introduce d girl 2 her Mum….dey’re both in d room….One way or d other body no b firewood….D guy wan do….D girl refuse…it turns out to b an argument…..D girl wanted to leave dat night…..D guy did not want him to leave….I blive it was while arguin dat d girl came out of d room in annoyance mayb while d guy was persuadin her and dey’re both @ d edge of d clip….D girl fell down……If d GuY reallY ave Bad Mind…..He wudn’t ave take d girl home n Introduce her to his Parent…..So u ppl shud not fight about it……I blive dey’ve both settle out of court cos d girl Parent ave Paid all d hospital Bill…….So watz u ppl’z own 2 Judge……D both party ave realised dr Mistake so u Ppl shud just stop Criticizin…….Cos we’re not dr wen d incident happen….

    • oj February 9, 2013 at 11:33 PM

      No man has ANY right to rape a woman no matter the circumstances. But at the same time, women should be very careful. They shouldn’t put themselves in compromising situations. Remember, we live in a wicked world.