How Safe Is Your Daughter in Lagos?

There is an ongoing search for a commercial tricycle rider, known as Mr. Lati Ajoje, a suspect accused of raping a 15-year-old. The teenage girl was reportedly taken advantage of by Lati after she boarded on his tricycle on her way to her mother’s shop on January 15, 2016. This incident questions a young girl’s safety in Lagos, especially in the high density low brow areas.

Safety in Lagos: According to PUNCH the rape victim whose identity wasn’t disclosed for security reasons was a daughter to a woman who ran a canteen at Iyana Ipaja where Lati Ajoje frequently patronise.

The teenager girl was reportedly taken advantage of by Lati after she boarded on his tricycle on her way to her mother’s shop on January 15, 2016.

Read her story.

I didn’t suspect anything. I even thanked him as I boarded his keke (tricycle). When we got to the bus stop, he turned and faced another route. I asked him if he wasn’t going to my mum’s shop again. He didn’t answer me. I told him to stop me at the bus stop but he refused.

“He then told me to be patient and said he only wanted to go and collect something at Water Estate. I insisted I wanted to drop off. He didn’t listen to me, he ignored me. He got to where he was going and he stopped at an uncompleted building and told me to get down. I asked him why, he said he wanted to tell me something. I told him I didn’t like the place he brought me and I was already feeling uncomfortable. He just carried me forcibly and entered the building. I was struggling. I even had to bite him but he didn’t bulge. He carried me into a room in the uncompleted building.

“He removed my clothes. I told him I would rather he killed me than do anything to me. But he said he wasn’t going to kill me but he would still have sex with me. That was how he forced himself on me and raped me,

 “After raping me, he used one rag to clean me up. After he finished, he gave me N200. But I told him I wasn’t going to take his money. I was afraid to tell anybody because he had said he would kill me. But eventually, I had to tell my sister who told my mother. I have not seen him again since then. He no longer comes to my mother’s shop,” she said.

Confirming the victims claim by the President of Touch a Heart Foundation, Lawrence Bassey,

The victim’s mother said her child was raped and presented a police report. We have taken her to the Mirabel Sexual Assault Referral Centre. After some tests, one of the doctors told the girl’s mother that she was actually raped and she has been given some treatment,” he said.

It was further gathered that the police are currently investigating the case and are in search Ajoje who is now on the run.

Source: Pulse Nigeria

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