An official of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Southwest zone, Awoyinfa Opeoluwa, has been accused of drugging and raping a female student of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA).
Twitter user, Samzy (@SamzyVG), made the allegations in a series of tweets sighted by CAMPUS GIST on his Twitter handle late Tuesday night.
According to him, the victim who earlier got the accused arrested and detained at the police station later settled for “out-of-court settlement” where she demanded for a Ten Million Naira (N10,000,000) compensation for damages.
He said the suspect bargained for a Three Hundred Thousand Naira (N300,000) compensation which he claimed was paid to the victim and the accused was thereafter granted bail and allowed to go home.
CAMPUS GIST gathered that the accused person is an alumnus of FUTA and Public Relations Officer of NANS in Zone D, which covers Southwest; while his alleged victim is a 500-level student of Animal, Production, FUTA.
Samzy said: “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 who proceeded to arrest the accused & had the Suspect detained at Wesco Police Station, FUTA Northgate Akure. Reportedly the Victim demanded for Compensation of #10,000,000 naira due to Damages out of the Court premises to settle the case.
“Reportedly she was Paid a Sum of #300,000 naira Compensation while the Suspect was granted Bail and allowed to Go home.”
The trending story which was told under the hash tag, #FUTARapeStory, appears to have been collaborated by other tweeps who seem to know the accused person and familiar with his reported “escapades”.
A Twitter user, Flora Oladipupo commented: “Always in the news for something bad from his days as a futarian and now outside of FUTA. What scares me is one day he’ll apply for a delicate political position and might win cos people outside of FUTA won’t know the menace he was from his student/SUG days.”
Another user, Adetutu, wrote: “Does he not get tired, he probably just enjoys preying on girls, almost everybody has heard about him before now, I just don’t get how he’s still walking freely. Boya won de shepe fun ni”.
For Oluwaseun: “Why would that lady in #Futarapestory space say the victim is supposed to know about opiano because she’s in 500l?! Hello there’s no sense in that pls. How is she suppose to know everyone in Futa?,” she queried.
Another user, Sole Joseph wrote, “We were in same faculty tho and never heard of this his side of life.But with my few findings now I heard his popular rape trend began when he got a car and some of us already graduated before he got his car. He’s got to pay for his sins anyway and others like him. Dem plenty.”
For Ife, “Lol, a friend of mine has given me this gist before, he slips something in their drink and has his way with them and no be only him dey do ham. it’s crazy.”
Meanwhile, a group, Female National, the apex body of female students advocating for the “legitimate interest” of every Nigerian female student, has since indicated interest in the case.
Taking to Twitter, while commenting under the rape post, the group wrote, “Thank you for blowing the whistle, please note that the leadership of @FemaleNational both at the national and Ondo state level has taken this up since yesterday.
“But till this morning, the state Chairperson who’s also the former SUG VP of futa couldn’t get in touch with victim.
“We will update you under this tweet as we progress. Thanks.”
Meanwhile, all efforts to speak with the accused person to hear his own side of the story proved abortive. This online medium was yet to establish the veracity of the report as the identity of the alleged victim remain largely unknown as at the time of filing this report.