A cadet of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, Imran Olalekan, 24, attached to St. Charles Grammar School, Osogbo, has been arrested by the Osun State Police Command for allegedly raping a 17-year-old student (names withheld).
Olalekan was said to have had intercourse with her in one of the offices of the corps in the school.
“I was in school early with my friend. Mr. Olalekan gave a sign that one of us should come. Initially, I didn’t know I was being called,” she said while narrating her ordeal.
“But he pointed at me and I went to him. He grabbed my dress. I wore a shirt on my school uniform and because of that Olalekan threatened to punish me.
“I immediately knelt down and started begging him. He then pushed me inside their office. Because it was still early, no student was near the office. He asked me if I was a virgin or I owned a mobile. I told him I didn’t have a phone.
“Despite pleading with him to let me go, he pulled my skirt and blocked my mouth with his hands and raped me. When he finished, he warned that if I tell anyone, I would die.
“When he left me, I went home and told my parents what has happened. I am not his girlfriend. He raped me and nearly all of them (Peace Corps men) working in our school used to sleep with students.
“Though some girls befriend Peace Corp people without being forced.”
Olalekan, who had denied raping her before admitting the guilt, said he was posted to the school to learn from other Peace Corps members working in the school.
“When I called her, I told her I loved her and she didn’t talk. I slept with her but I didn’t force her. She is not my girlfriend. This is the first time this would happen.”
The State Police spokesperson, Folasade Odoro, said the suspect would be taken to court as soon as investigation is concluded.