Nigerians, as well as the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), have reacted to the case of two men who allegedly raped and filmed a 24-year-old girl in Lekki,Lagos.
Reports making the rounds had it that the suspects; Don-Chima Enyinnaya George and Olusegun Rasak who were arrested in connection with the case of rape at Lekki area of Lagos were later set free by the police.
This has since stirred reactions online as Nigerians have called for ‘Justice for rape victim’ and evidence to show that the suspects were not released as speculated online.
However, the force in a press statement signed by CSP Dolapo Badmus, PRO Zone 2 has debunked the reports, saying the suspects are still in police custody.
DSVRT also speaking on the case confirmed that the suspects have not been released but remanded at the Kirikiri prison.
On its official Twitter page, DSVRT wrote: “Our attention has been drawn to the rumour that the perpetrators of rape of a 23-year-old lady have been released.
“This is to inform the general public that the suspects are still in custody. The DPP will ensure diligent prosecution of the case.
“Further information on the alleged rape case:
-suspects were remanded by Magistrate Court 3, Ikeja on 6th Feb,2019.
“Case was adjourned to 7th March, 2019 until which time suspects are to be remanded at Kirikiri prison.”
Despite the explanation, Nigerians on Twitter have reacted thus:
@Fisayolonge “Two boys- Chima George and Segun Razak were arrested for drugging and raping a 23 year old girl in Lagos, Nigeria. Can you please follow this story to make sure that justice is served? ”
@lam_ire “Don Chima and Razaq should be banned from entering into all clubs by the way. It shouldn’t just be business as usual. They definitely didn’t start with this victim and their release proves they will continue because they haven’t learnt any lesson! ”
@Timigod “just heard about the rapists who videotaped themselves raping someone and that they’ve been released from police custody (and that the family of the survivor has been arrested). Are we really genuinely going to let this slide?”
@ladytiffs_ “Razaq and Don Chima. You will not get away with it. We will not forget. Will will keep it in mind regardless. You are evil and justice must prevail.”
@Osi_Suave “The Law must protect the victim and make her abusers face the full extent of the law. Justice for rape in Nigeria.”