UNILAG student hospitalised after outing with Facebook friend

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A 21-year-old student has been hospitalised,
after she was allegedly pushed down from the third floor of a building in
Lagos, following a disagreement with a man she met on the social network,
Facebook. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Akabugu Nkiruka sustained multiple
injuries, including a pelvis fracture, and was undergoing surgery at the
General Hospital, Marina, Lagos, on Tuesday.
Nkiruka, a Linguistics student of the University of Lagos, toldNAN on her
hospital bed that she met the young man through the social media, barely a week
before the November 1 incident.

She told NAN that the 26-year-old man (name withheld) last Wednesday invited
her to a night club in Apapa from where they ended up in his family home at
1004 Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos.
She noted that the young man had earlier talked about sex on the phone prior to
the outing but she told him she was menstruating.
Nkiruka said on getting to the house, the man tore her dress and tried to rape
her.
According to Nkiruka, the man thereafter pushed her down from the third floor
of the building because she refused to have sex with him.
When contacted, the man’s mother, who was at home on the night of the incident,
however, told NAN that she was not aware of what happened.
She said she slept around 10pm, while the disagreement between the couple
started much later.
The mother, who pleaded anonymity, said she paid part of the hospital bill
immediately after Nkiruka was admitted, and even tried to transfer her to a
private hospital.
“I took her as our own daughter and so, I can do anything that will make her
recover quickly,’’ she added.
She insisted that her preliminary inquiry indicated that Nkiruka was not pushed
by her son as alleged, but that she jumped on her own in the ensuing scuffle.
When contacted, the Divisional Police Officer of Bar Beach, Victoria Island,
Lagos, Mr. Fayoade Adegoke, toldNAN that Nkiruka wrote in her statement that
she jumped on her own, in order to escape being raped.
Adegoke said he ordered his men to convey the victim to the hospital
immediately after he was informed of the incident by security guards in the
area.
The DPO said the suspect was released on bail, pending further investigation
into the matter.
NAN recalls that seven young men, including two who met a 24-year-old
post-graduate student, Cynthia Osokogu, on facebook, are currently facing trial
for allegedly raping and killing her in Lagos earlier this year.
Source: Punch

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