A report said the man had earlier been arrested in May for raping a
colleague, and had been freed when the victim’s family agreed to
withdraw the case.
In the present case, the victim’s mother said the suspect threatened
to strangle her daughter and dump her corpse by the roadside, despite
her pleas to him that she was a virgin. She added that Precious was
still undergoing treatment in a hospital in the area due to the severity
of the injuries she sustained.
She said, “My daughter is a sickle cell sufferer. She met Imonitie in
the university. He was a year ahead of her. They started dating, but my
daughter warned him that there would be no sex until they got married.
Later, she learnt that the man had dated one of her friends, which
Imonitie confirmed. So, since that time, they ended the relationship.
“The week that the incident happened, she said both of them met again
on BBM, and he started persuading her to let them go out again. On that
Friday, he called her and said he was taking her to see a movie.
“After the movie, they went clubbing in the Lekki area, where he
raped her. She told us that she was not feeling strong. She said she
remembered being walked out of the club to the back of Imonitie’s car.
“But when she opened her eyes, it was daytime, and he was on top of
her at the back of the car. That was when the struggle started. He beat
her up, squeezed her neck, while she begged him that she was a virgin,
and he should not rape her. But he ignored her pleas and after the act,
he gave her some tissues to clean the blood.”
Imonitie’s mother, spoke in his defense saying her son loved the lady
and wanted to marry her. She added that he did not mean to brutalise or
kill her as claimed.
She said, “My son has told me that he loves the girl and wants to
marry her. He is AA, and the girl is SS. So, they are compatible. He did
not mean to kill her as claimed. If he wanted to, would he still drive
her home after the incident? I am not justifying his actions, but he was
tempted to commit the act. His intention is to marry the girl.”