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In lagos, 13-year-old girl was gang-raped by seven men in her neighbourhood 

A medical doctor, Mistura Shogunle has narrated before an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court how a 13-year-old girl was gang-raped by seven men in her neighbourhood.

Dr Shogunle narrated the teenager’s experience during the trial of a 20-year-old fashion designer, Rasheed Fashola over two counts of conspiracy and defilement of a child.

Led in evidence, by the state prosecutor, Mrs Olasunbo Abiodun-Muniru, the medical doctor working at the Mirabel Centre (a sexual assault referral centre) said that the survivor came seeking medical attention on Sept. 28, 2020 a day after she was allegedly defiled.

“The client said that on Sept. 27, 2020, which was a Sunday, her father sent her on an errand and seven boys in the neighbourhood stopped her.

“They dragged her into an uncompleted building, her mouth was covered with a handkerchief and they took turns to rape her through unprotected penile intercourse into her vagina,” Shogunle said.

The doctor noted that the survivor was calm and clinically stable during the medical examination and that she had no obvious physical injuries.

“There were however significant genital findings. The labia majora was normal while the labia minora (inner lips of the genital) had a resolving bruise.

“The natural covering of the vagina called the hymen was absent. There were no significant anal findings.

“The general finding is in keeping with recent blunt force penetration into her vagina which could have been caused by penile vagina penetration as declared verbally by the client,” she said.

The doctor also a certified forensic sexual assault examiner, noted in her testimony that she had asked the survivor’s father who had accompanied her to throw more light on what had happened to his daughter.

She said the father informed her that he had sent his daughter on an errand and had expected her to return home early but instead, saw her with two men who came to the family home to tell him that his daughter had been defiled.

Dr Shogunle in her evidence said the survivor did not reveal to her, the names of the men who allegedly defiled her.

 During cross-examination by defence counsel, Mr O.O Ogunjimi, the witness said that she did not find any semen when the survivor was medically examined.

“It was not the day the incident happened that the client visited the Mirabel Centre.

“The client did not tell me whether she had taken her bath or not. I also got a voluntary history of what happened from her,” Shogunle said.

According to the prosecution, Falana alongside others who are now at large committed the offence at 8pm on Sept. 27, 2020 in an uncompleted building around Oluwashina Junction, Itire, Lagos.

“The defendant and his accomplices had unlawful sexual intercourse with the 13-year-old minor in the uncompleted building.

“The offences contravene Sections 137 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015,”  Abiodun-Muniru said.

Justice Rahman Oshodi adjourned the case until May 6 for the continuation of the trial.

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