A 26 year-old patient identified only as Funmilayo was raped and impregnated by a trado-medical doctor known as Abiodun after she went to get treatment for ulcer at his medical center.
The incident occurred in December 2015 at Damola Healthcare, Agbaje Street, in the Ipaja Ayobo area of Lagos – where Funmilayo had gone to the healthcare to complain about her ulcer.
A nurse at the clinic prescribed some herbal drugs for Funmilayo and informed her to pay eighteen-thousand naira, (N18,000) for comprehensive treatment but she deposited ten-thousand naira, (N10,000) whereafter she began receiving treatment.
Funmilayo requested to meet the doctor directly in January 2016 after there was no improvement in her ulcer treatment.
Abiodun began treating her himself on January 17. After conducting a series of tests that day, he informed Funmilayo that she had womb infections.
Adding that she needed further examination before scheduling a 9AM appointment with her, two days later.
Funmilayo said she went to the clinic on January 19 where Abiodun invited her into his office and asked her to undress so he could examine her vagina.
On that day, when he arrived, we went into his office. He asked me to lie on the bed as he would insert a rubber tool into my private parts for examination. I did. My legs were far apart.
He did that for some minutes, and suddenly I noticed he inserted his private parts.
I shouted, but the cleaner did not come in. He stopped when he ejaculated. Immediately, he began to apologize that he did not know what came over him.
I vowed not to return to the centre. I did not tell anybody because I thought I should just forget about it.
It was in February that I found out I could not menstruate. I went for a scan, but nothing showed. By March, I went for another scan, and it showed that I was pregnant for six weeks and four days.
When I informed him, he suggested abortion, which I rejected. That was how the trouble began.
In February 2016, Funmilayo, a National Diploma holder from a polytechnic in Lagos State who hails from Abeokuta, Ogun State, reported the matter at the Ayobo Police Division.
The police source said:
The doctor agreed he had an affair with her, but he insisted that the victim should get rid of the pregnancy. The lady insisted that she would not risk her life to go for an abortion since she was not promiscuous.
When the matter got to the Ayobo division, the doctor was arrested and made to promise to take care of the lady. But after he was granted bail, the promise was not kept.
SP Dolapo Badmos, Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed Abiodun’s arrest, she said, “The doctor has been arrested. The case is still under investigation.”
The matter which has been transferred to the state Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, DSVRT, Alausa, referred Funmilayo to Mirabel Centre, Ikeja, for a health checkup.
Lola Vivour-Adeniyi, a DSVRT Coordinator warned female patients to insist on having a female nurse around in the hospital room, whenever their vagina were to be examined by a male doctor adding that if a female nurse had been present, Funmilayo wouldn’t have been sexually assaulted.
Vivour-Adeniyi said a request for the case to be transferred to the Family Support Unit of the Isokoko division from Ayobo division has been made and the matter is still under investigation.