One of the seven ladies arrested in Abuja and convicted of prostitution has claimed that a policeman raped one of them using ‘pure water’ sachet as condom.
“Three of us were brought out of the van and raped by the policemen because we had no money to give them. We were raped behind the National War College, Abuja. They pushed me to the ground and held me there while one of them raped me. He didn’t wear a condom. The other girls were also raped by two others one of who used a pure water sachet as condom,” she said.
Some of the ladies also claimed the police had compelled them to plead guilty when they were arraigned before the court on Monday. They alleged that after their arrest at a night club and a hotel, they were thrown into a cell and tear-gassed.
One of the victims, explained that a policeman attached to the Utako Police station, who was simply identified as ‘Yellow,’ allegedly hit her with a baton and also flogged her with a horse whip several times, injuring her arm and face in the process.
Another said she was arrested at a birthday party she had bee invited to in a hotel. She said she had gone to the reception to get water before she was pushed out and arrested.
“I was invited to a birthday party at an apartment in a hotel. I came to the reception to get water and a woman suddenly held my hands and pushed me out of the hotel. I saw a lot of people with cameras and some with mobile phones taking my pictures and shooting a video of the arrest.
“They took me to Zone 6 police station and from there to the Utako police station. I was on my period and I begged a policewoman to help me with a pad, but she refused. We were not allowed to make phone calls to our family members; I don’t know how my sister got to know, and she brought a pad for me.”
“When I wanted to use it, a male policeman followed me inside the toilet and was watching me. This is not fair. A policeman, Yellow, beat me when I demanded my phone. The next day, they took us to Life Camp police station after which they took us to Area 3. The policemen said we should plead guilty before the court otherwise, we would be remanded in prison,” Punch Metro quoted her to have said.
Gajere Danjuma, the acting FCT police spokesman, said the commissioner of police was aware of the allegations which he said were being investigated.