Mistura Shogunle, a medical doctor, described how a 13-year-old girl was reportedly gang-raped by seven males in her neighbourhood before an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court on Wednesday.
Shogunle testified at the trial of Rasheed Fashola, a 20-year-old fashion designer, for conspiracy and defilement of a female, according to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN).
Fashola had pleaded not guilty to the two counts of the indictment.
Mrs Olasunbo Abiodun-Muniru, a doctor at the Mirabel Service (a sexual assault referral centre), stated the girl came to the centre on Sept. 28, 2020, a day after she was allegedly defiled, and was led in evidence by state counsel.
“The client stated that her father sent her out on an errand on September 27, 2020, which was a Sunday, and she was stopped by seven boys in the neighbourhood.
“They carried her into an unfinished building, covered her lips with a handkerchief, and took turns rapping her through unprotected penile intercourse into her vagina,” Shogunle explained.
During the medical assessment, she reported the survivor was calm and clinically stable, and she had no visible physical injuries.
“However, there were some important genital results.” The labia majora was fine, but the labia minora (genital inner lips) was bruised.
The doctor, who is also a qualified forensic sexual assault examiner, stated that she asked the survivor’s father, who was there, for more information about what occurred to his daughter.
She claimed that her father told her that he had sent his daughter on an errand and expected her to return home early, but that instead, he spotted her with two men who returned to his house to inform him that his daughter had been defiled.
According to the prosecution, Fashola, together with those still at large, committed the crime in an unfinished structure at Oluwashina Junction, Itire, Lagos State, around 8 p.m. on Sept. 27, 2020.