'I was not raped by Awoyinfa': FUTA student debunks sexual assault

Opeyemi Awoyinfa

Awoyinfa Opeyemi: FUTA student dismisses report of rape against him

A 500-level female student of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State has debunked reports that she was raped by an executive member of the South-West zone of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Awoyinfa Opeoluwa, who is the Public Relations Officer of the zone.

The student made the clarification on Wednesday after a viral tweet from @SamzyVG, on Tuesday that Awonyinfa was being accused of rape.

The tweep posted, “RAPE: An alumnus of the Federal University of Technology Akure identified as Awoyinfa Opeoluwa, who is also a NANS executive has been accused of drugging, raping, and blackmailing a 500L female student from the Department of Animal, Production & Health.

“The Victim proceeded to arrest the accused and had the suspect detained at Wesco Police Station, FUTA, North Gate, Akure. Reportedly, the victim demanded compensation of N10,000,000 as damages, out of the court premises, to settle the case.

“Reportedly, she was paid a sum of N300,000 compensation while the suspect was granted bail and allowed to go home.”

Debunking the report by @SamzyVG, the lady in question confirmed she had unresolved issues with Awoyinfa, who was her boyfriend, but it was not related to rape.

She said; “I had issues with my boyfriend and we broke up.

“The reason was due to some misunderstanding. I came to report him to the police because of some issues that were going on, I wanted it to end. I reported him after we broke up.”

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Speaking on sexual assault, she said there was nothing of such and wondered where the news was coming from.

“Rape? I was very surprised to hear rape online, I don’t even have anything like rape in my statement (at the police station). How is rape coming up?” She queried.

“It was the rumor of rape that brought me back to the station.

“I have tried to make my story go out online too that there was no rape.”

Speaking on the report damages or compensation, she said, “Damages? Do you want me to screenshot my account balance? I don’t know who and who is cooking up that story. There was no money involved, there was no rape.”

Meanwhile, the Federal University of Technology Akure has vowed to get the facts of the case.

The statement issued by the university reads:

“The attention of the Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA has been drawn to a story trending on social media of an alleged rape case said to involve a former alumnus and a year 5 student. The fact of the case is not known to the University yet and a formal report has not been made to the University. However, the University states its abhorrence of and total condemnation of such act . As a first step ,the University, through its security Unit and the Office of the Dean of students affairs, is engaging with the relevant security agency to get the facts of the case so that appropriate action could be taken. The student involved will also be traced and supported.”

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