Facebook Lover Arraigned For Attempted Rape, Murder

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A
26-year-old man, who allegedly pushed down his Facebook lover from a
multi-storey building over a disagreement over sex was arraigned in Lagos on
Friday.
The
accused,  Arthur Obiora, is facing a three-count charge of threat to life,
attempted rape and attempt to cause bodily harm at  a Tinubu Magistrates’
Court.
 The
prosecutor, ASP A. C. Orji, told the court that Obiora met Nkiruka Akabuogu on
Facebook  (a social media network)  and invited her to a club house
in Apapa where they had drinks.

The
prosecutor said the pair later moved to Obiora’s house at Block 10, Flat 317,
1004 Housing Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Orji
said Obiora, who claimed to be an unemployed graduate of Igbinedion University
Okada and the Centennial College, Ontario, Canada, shut all the doors in the
apartment and demanded to have sex with Akabuogu.
“This
was after he had smoked some wraps of Indian hemp. He tried to rape her and
threatened to kill her with a bottle of beer. The girl, fearing for her life,
then jumped down from the third floor of the high/rise building,” Orji said.
The
prosecutor said that the incident happened at about 3a.m. on Oct. 31.
 “The
girl was discovered lying unconscious in a pool of her own blood about 30
minutes later by the security men in the premises who then reported it to the
police.
“The
police took the girl to a hospital and after she regained consciousness,
obtained her statement,’’ Orji said.
“This
case highlights one of the major problems of the social media. The young lady
went to visit someone she doesn’t know. She met the defendant on Facebook and
they had been chatting until Oct. 30,” he said.
Orji
said that the offences contravened Sections 56 (A), 260 and 404 (1) of the
Criminal Laws of Lagos 2011.
The
magistrate, Mr Martins Owumi, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000
with two sureties in like sum.
The
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 21-year-old Nkiruka sustained
multiple injuries, including a fractured pelvis, and is undergoing treatment at
the General Hospital, Marina, Lagos, following the incident.
Nkiruka,
a Linguistics student of the University of Lagos, had told NAN on her hospital
bed that she went clubbing with the young man she met on Facebook  a week
earlier, and ended up in his family home at 1004 Estate, Victoria Island,
Lagos.
She
noted that the young man had earlier talked about sex on phone prior to the
outing but she told him she was menstruating.
Nkiruka
said that 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 of her refusal to have sex with him.
But
the mother of the young man, who was at home on the night of the incident, told
NAN that she was not aware of what happened.
She
claimed she slept around 10 p.m., while the disagreement between the pair 
started much later.
The
magistrate adjourned the case to Nov. 30.
Source: Leadership

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