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Expert witness narrates how man sexually abused 10-year-old girl in commercial bus

“She said a man in the bus volunteered to lap her to save cost.”

• April 13, 2022
Minor Rape

On Wednesday, a medical doctor, Oyedeji Alagbe, told the Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court how a man, Opeyemi Olasehan, allegedly inserted his finger in a 10-year-old girl’s private part inside a commercial bus.

Mr Alagbe, while being led in evidence by the state prosecutor, A. R. Abolade, said the survivor presented herself to the Mirabel Medical Centre on December 2, 2019, and gave a brief account that she was on her way to school on the same day and boarded a bus.

“She said a man in the bus volunteered to lap her to save cost. Coincidentally, she said a teacher from her school was also on the bus.

“Along the way, she said she suddenly screamed aloud and when she was asked what happened, she said the man tried to finger her.  So, the bus was diverted to a nearby police station.

“The survivor also declared that she had suffered repeated pain in her vagina having been raped by one Khalid, who is the son of her father’s landlord,” he said.

The witness, who said that the father of the survivor also corroborated the report that was disclosed to him, noted that he observed the survivor physically and carried out a genital examination on her.

“The genital findings show recent and previous forceful blunt penetration into the vagina which could have resulted from a repeated forceful vagina intercourse.”

In cross-examination by the defence counsel, R.O. Owolabi, the witness said that the survivor did not give an account if her pant was removed on the bus.

“You said the survivor raised the alarm; could it be that she was being triggered by what happened to her in the past?,” Mrs Owolabi asked.

“Opinion wise My Lord, there is a possibility. The survivor never said the defendant defiled her. She only said he fingered her,” the witness replied.

Justice Soladoye adjourned the case until June 13 for a continuation of the trial.


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