Imolita (surname withheld) is a married nurse who claims she was raped by a security guard, Ibuchi Emmanuel, at a school where she worked as a nurse.
Imolita testified before the Special Offences Court in Ikeja, Lagos State, that she and Emmanuel were on night duty on the day of the incident.
She stated that the defendant approached her and demanded to see her later that night while she was on her way to inspect the school’s clinic before retiring to her desk.
The 35-year-old nurse stated that the defendant knocked on the door to the room around 9 p.m. while she was at her desk, which had a bed beside it, but she hesitated to let him in.
She later let the defendant in after he asked for vitamin C. She said she offered Emmanuel a seat after giving him the drug when he said he wanted to say something to her.
During their conversation, he professed his love for her, to which she replied that she was married with children. He then allegedly forced himself on her, telling her not to bother screaming for help because no one would hear her.
“I then told him that I know you’re a man, but I’m going to fight you so you don’t get your way,” Imolita explained. He got tired while we were dragging each other and said he didn’t have enough strength to have sex with me. I then told him to leave because I’m not a cheap woman; he should go find single girls.”
She said Emmanuel agreed to leave the room but changed his mind and began making moves to kiss, touch and take off her pants, which she resisted.
“He came back and pushed me. After he did, I tried to kick him but he grabbed my legs. By then, I was already laying on my back while he was using his security boots to march my legs. I started begging him not to do what he wanted to do, but he insisted that he must do it.
“I asked him if he knew about the place I came from. I reminded him that I’m from Delta and women from that state don’t meet other men once married. I continued to beg him and told him that his action would cost me my marriage. He said anything that would happen should happen. I told him to hold on and that had a condom in my bag.
He said no and that was when he finished having his way with me,” she added. During cross-examination, Imolita said the reason she told the defendant to get a condom was that she thought it would give her the chance to escape.
The case was adjourned by Justice Ramon Oshodi till March 22, 2023, for continuation of trial, while the defendant was remanded in the Ikoyi Custodial Centre.