A 20-year-old woman (name withheld) on Wednesday told an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court that her boyfriend, Victory Tasie, who is standing trial for alleged defilement, did not rape her.
The witness, while being led in evidence by the state counsel, Mrs Olufunke Adegoke, said that Tasie, whom she had a newborn baby with, was her boyfriend.
She also told the court that she was 19 years old when she got pregnant and not 16.
“Yes, I know the defendant. He is my boyfriend. I am here in this court to say that he did not rape me and he is my boyfriend. I was not 16 years when I got pregnant, I was 19,” she said.
The witness told the court that her aunt reported the case at Langbasa Police Station when she found that she was pregnant.
She, however, said that the defendant did not deny the pregnancy at the station. The witness further indicted her aunty’s husband of asking her out.
“The human right police said we should do family planning and that I should start living with Victory but my aunty’s husband said no.
“My aunty’s husband told me he was asking me out and I refused but I went to get pregnant for a wretched boy.
“I did not make any statement at the police station that I was raped,” she said.
During cross-examination by the defence counsel, Mrs Rukayat Owolabi, the witness confirmed that there was no forceful intercourse between her and the defendant and that she was 19 years old in 2022.
Tasie is standing a count charge of defilement, which he pleaded not guilty to. Tasie was accused of defiling the witness by having unlawful sexual intercourse with her when she was 16 years.
Justice Abiola Soladoye adjourned the case until December 13 for continuation of trial.