Misplaced Trust Lagos trado-doctor in trouble for raping, impregnating ulcer patient

A trado-medicine practitioner is in trouble for allegedly raping and impregnating his patient.

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A Lagos based traditional-doctor identified as Abiodun, has been arrested by the State Police Command for allegedly raping and impregnating a 26-year-old ulcer patient he was treating in the Ipaja Ayobo area of the state.

Punch reports that the victim, Funmilayo, had contacted Abiodun who runs his health centre, Damola Healthcare, located on Agbaje Street, to treat her of the ailment in December 2015, and was charged the sum of N18,000 for the drugs she would use for the treatment and she reportedly deposited N10,000 with a promise to pay the balance later.

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But when her condition did not improve, the Abeokuta, Ogun State born lady requested to meet with Abiodun for further counselling in January 2016, and he decided to take over the treatment from his staff.

It was further learnt that Abiodun, after conducting some tests on the patient on January 17, allegedly told her that she had womb infections and she needed to be further examined, asking her to come back two days later by 9am.

On January 19, Funmilayo got to Abiodun's office at about 7am and waited at the reception for the 'doctor' who arrived at 8am. Upon his arrival, he invited the victim into his office and asked her to undress so as to have her private parts examined.

It was in the process of examining the patient that Abiodun allegedly raped her and thereafter, begged her not to tell anyone what he had done to her.

However, when she discovered that she was pregnant in February, 2016, Funmilayo went to Abiodun and informed her of her state and he urged her to go for an abortion and she went to the Ayobo Police Division and reported the matter and 'doctor' Abiodun was duly arrested by the police.

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A 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.

The matter was later brought to the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), Alausa, which referred the victim to Mirabel Centre, Ikeja, for a checkup.

It was gathered that the DSVRT thereafter requested the matter to be transferred to the Isokoko division and the doctor was re-arrested."

Narrating her ordeal, the victim said:

“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 apologise 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.”

Lola Vivour-Adeniyi, the DSVRT Coordinator, warned female patients to insist on having a female nurse around in the hospital room, whenever their private parts were to be examined by a male doctor.

“This is a rape by a traditional doctor which has now resulted in pregnancy. We requested that the case be transferred to the Family Support Unit of the Isokoko division from Ayobo division.

The Department of Public Prosecutions has also requested the duplicate case file. The DSVRT has referred the victim to the OPD to get legal representation. She is also being given antenatal care at the Mirabel Centre.

It must be emphasised that women must ensure that a female nurse is in the examination room whenever their private parts are to be examined by a male doctor. If that was done in this case, such sexual assault would not have taken place.”

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