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Ikoyi Assault: Four Students Arrested as Police Says no Indication of Rape

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The Lagos State government has said that some unruly SSS III students of lreti Senior Grammar School and Falomo Senior High School, both in the Ikoyi area of the state, who were reported to have gone on a rampage and harassed fellow students, especially the girls after the completion of their West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), have been arrested for their untoward and unguided behaviour.

One Michale Matthew had written about her experience on Wednesday where she said the scissors-wielding boys attempted to rape the girls in broad daylight. She said they’d torn the skirts and undergarments of the girls, adding that the girls would’ve been raped if not for the intervention of she and others.

She added that it is the custom in that area, saying that security guards had brought out their phones to record the terrible events.

According to the Deputy Governor of Lagos State , Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule who also oversees the Education Ministry, four of the boys involved are already helping the law enforcement agents in apprehending others who participated in the reckless act. She assured the public that extensive investigations will be conducted and all those found culpable will be made to face the consequences of their indiscretion which borders on indiscipline and lawlessness.

She emphasized that the State Government will not take kindly to the reckless attitude of a few unruly students tarnishing the image built over the years and enjoined parents and guardians to warn their children and wards to always act civil while in and out of the school premises.

The Deputy Governor, therefore, directed that all Principals and school heads must continue to institute measures to curb indiscipline in their various schools and warned that failure to act accordingly will result in appropriate disciplinary actions as stipulated in the Public Service Rules.

PUNCH reports that on Thursday police officers from the Adeniji Adele Police Division, the Social Welfare Department of the Lagos State Ministry of Youths, Sports and Social Development and officials from the deputy governor’s office stormed the schools to trace some of the suspects.

Four of them were arrested, and they are helping with apprehending the others.

Coordinator of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, speaking to PUNCH, said that DSVRT had begun investigation, adding that the public should expect prosecution in the case.

“We are working to ensure that we provide a holistic response to the case. Aside from investigation, there is also the legal aspect; possible prosecution to ensure deterrence. The Attorney-General has also given directives that the matter should be investigated. We are working to ensure that this kind of activity does not repeat itself again,” she said.

Vivour-Adeniyi adds that the agency will embark on sensitisation campaigns in schools to enlighten the kids, teachers and parents on sexual and gender-based violence.

However, Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole said that preliminary investigation has revealed that there were no indications that the schoolboys’ actions could be termed as rape.

“As it is, there is no indication of rape. The report the division gave us is that students had rivalry and differences. The division called in some of the students to the station and would also be contacting their parents as part of the investigation. As I speak with you, the DPO said there is nothing like rape. When we have evidence through the reports of the state government, parents and the victims, we will be able to shed more light on the nature of what took place that day.”

One resident Bisola Aderiye said that the practice of tearing each other’s uniforms after their final exams was not new. She adds that male students also assault their female counterparts.

Asked why residents such as herself failed to do anything whenever they witness such things, she said, “Some of those boys move around with knives and scissors. Because some of them live around here, they always do it where we people cannot catch them. But we are aware they do it.”

Another resident said: “It is a so-called normal activity for the leavers. They tear their uniforms (while) girls are raped and abused. In fact, count yourself lucky if raped by just a boy who protects you from being gang raped. Some girls absent themselves from school. Some wear three or four cyclers as protective wears; some bribe or pay for their freedom.”

21 Comments

  1. Oma

    May 6, 2017 at 8:08 am

    My goodness….this is some scary behavior. They need to do something drastic to curb this.

  2. Tessa Doghor

    May 6, 2017 at 8:15 am

    So should we believe the tate govt

    Or the resident?

    How about the videos that the security guards recorded.

    So pissed. They speak of it as if small children are just playing. when one man said a girl was raped last week, they are trying to sweep it under the carpet.

    WELL, WE WON’T LET THEM. THEY MUST ADDRESS IT. AND TAKE IT SERIOUSLY. WHY DO WE PAY TAXES IF THEY CANT PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY?

    Just like QC won’t take responsibility for the raped girls or the ones who died from bad infrastructure (bad waterr or whatever it was.)

    smh

    If you want to do more, search for Tobore Anne Emorhokpor, she will add you to a group that is working on restoration, justice and making laws to stop all of this rubbish that the government is refusing to address.

  3. Darius

    May 6, 2017 at 8:38 am

    You need to see how some students behave after their final WAEC exams. You’d think they are graduating from the University of Life, not a mere secondary school. Common secondary school! I wonder how they’d behave if they earn a PhD.

  4. Sheri

    May 6, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Wtf? Am I reading? Trying to understand? “No indication” of what exactly? I wish I could get involved with this case. As in my head wan scatter. I don’t know where to start from with my words. Attempted rape and rape is the same bloody thing because they would have done it if not for intervention. I feel so sick. Those boys will now go home and their parents will think they have sensible individual as kids. These are the boys that grow to become a menace to society! But do they know better? They need to be schooled on such matters! And don’t these children complain to their parents? I’d rather withdraw my child from school than to allow her be molested and violated. What can we do as a people? This is too much to bare. I’m sick and worried & this news has bothered me for the last few days. What will it take? Do people understand the lasting effects of rape? I don’t think we get it as a people.

  5. Gbogbo Bigz Girlz

    May 6, 2017 at 9:30 am

    This is sickening…The boys raping in broad daylight, the security covering them up and the neighborhood watching. Secondary school students, awon omo isale Eko yi ma ti yanma o!
    I’ll follow this up!!!

  6. changing moniker

    May 6, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Please do. You ain’t a big girl for nothing

    • Gbogbo Bigz Girlz

      May 6, 2017 at 5:11 pm

      Lol. I’ve taken first step, honestly I’ve…But I can’t divulge my real name here!

    • Gbogbo Bigz Girlz

      May 6, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      Lol. I’ve taken first step, honestly I’ve…But I can’t divulge my real name here!

  7. Emeka

    May 6, 2017 at 11:10 am

    No rape ke? Are the boys policemen’s children? If yes, I pray some of the raped and or assaulted girls are policemen or betterstill, policewomen’s daughters in Jesus name so that at least, there will be true justice and deterrence for would be perpetrators and irresponsible boys in the future.

  8. Mrs chidukane

    May 6, 2017 at 11:42 am

    The last paragraph gave me chills. Nigeria is really in trouble. Why is the Nigerian police always so quick Say someone wasn’t raped ? Why don’t they investigate before concluding ?

  9. Abominable snow girl

    May 6, 2017 at 11:44 am

    You were elected into office to upload JUSTICE.
    This wasn’t even attempted rape. It was a mob action about to be a gang rape that was AVERTED if not those students would have been raped.
    Call in the Principal, security officials, parents and make sure people are held accountable.
    What if they were your sister, niece or daughter, the hell… your mother even…. Those boys were armed.
    Please, government official(s), do the right thing.

  10. Lailatu

    May 6, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Glad arrests have been made. I hope the security men who were filming get arrested for being accessories or even filming child porn since the girls are likely underage. If you’re not going to help then don’t film.

  11. Truth-be-told

    May 6, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Keep waiting for “an indication of rape” before doing something about it.

  12. Sisi

    May 6, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    See the residents talking about rape and assault about as a so called normal – what a wow. Lagos state police are the least of anyones worries if every day people can watch such happening and do nothing but trivialise it as normal – aside the fact these could be your children, nieces and nephews, sisters and brothers. What is really going on Nigeria? A very sad state of affairs, I woul like to tell myself that this a localised incident but who would I be kidding.

  13. Bennie

    May 6, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    This is so terrible and the thought that it is a normal thing,with security operatives recording! Hmmm, which of these girls will willingly come out to say they were raped?? The school authorities know the truth, they should not sweep it under the carpet.

  14. Gbogbo Bigz Girlz

    May 6, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Lol. I’ve taken first step, honestly I’ve…But I can’t divulge my real name here!

    • William Idoniboye

      May 6, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      I read the post by the lady Michale Matthew as it was forwarded to me by a mutual friend on facebook. NPF has a definite lack of capacity, first in realizing that attempted rape and actual rape are both punishable offenses, keep in view murder v/s attempted murder. Secondly to say that there is no evidence of rape; shows a typical rush to the conclusion without even a day of investigation. Now can you imagine this officer as the one leading the investigation, when he has already made a foregone conclusion and shows contempt for evidentiary process and forensic procedure? A friend of mine once told me a fictitious but illustrative story about Nigerian Police assigned to find a rabbit in Obasanjo’s farms, after the Army and Navy were unsuccessful, the Police basically went in there, found another animal, pinned long ears on its head, a long bushy tail on its behind, and beat it to stupor to confess it was a rabbit.. Oh yeah they found the “rabbit”. . I rest my case. Keystone cops… We are a failed nation.

  15. William Idoniboye

    May 6, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    I read the post by the lady Michale Matthew as it was forwarded to me by a mutual friend on facebook. NPF has a definite lack of capacity, first in realizing that attempted rape and actual rape are both punishable offenses, keep in view murder v/s attempted murder. Secondly to say that there is no evidence of rape; shows a typical rush to the conclusion without even a day of investigation. Now can you imagine this officer as the one leading the investigation, when he has already made a foregone conclusion and shows contempt for evidentiary process and forensic procedure? A friend of mine once told me a fictitious but illustrative story about Nigerian Police assigned to find a rabbit in Obasanjo’s farms, after the Army and Navy were unsuccessful, the Police basically went in there, found another animal, pinned long ears on its head, a long bushy tail on its behind, and beat it to stupor to confess it was a rabbit.. Oh yeah they found the “rabbit”. . I rest my case. Keystone cops… We are a failed nation.

  16. Abimbola

    May 7, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    NPF! “Nothing like rape”??? Whatever w/d then make it ” like rape”?. Can not police get an idea of the crime they are supposed to fight? Trying to indict all the good Nigerians that help to stall a worst act, having failed to wake up to their duties. For God’s sake, there is rape and there is “attempted rape”. The police that made the ignorant remark about ” nothing like rape” … (so why pay it any attention, after all, we s/d wait for what happened in India to see 1st) reeks of …

  17. Commander

    May 8, 2017 at 11:48 am

    I think it rape cases should no longer be reported to Nigerian Police. There should be a law backing it. A special body should be set up to handle this. It’s so annoying the way police handle rape cases in Nigeria. It’s evil.

  18. Mz_kay

    May 9, 2017 at 2:27 am

    A group of guys chasing some girls, tearing those girls skirts with sharp objects, and forcing their penis into their anus and vaginas as the girls are struggling to be released is not an ‘Indication’ of RAPE? Like, are u shitting me? Who are these please? They have differences, so is it that the way 2 settle such dispute? This is why rape is hushed up in this country.
    IT WAS RAPE! It is not something I will wish on my enemy. D adults who are saying there is no ‘indication’ of rape, if u see ur daughter (God forbid) in such situation, what will u think? Will u just wave it off as unruly behavior between students with some disputes without any indication of rape? Who no go no know.

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