Fuad, a Lagos native, has been detained for reportedly rapping a receptionist in a bathroom at the Mutab Hotel and Suites on Abeokuta Street in Lagos’ Ebute Metta neighborhood.
The 19-year-old victim was sleeping at the hotel reception when one of the lodgers woke her up around midnight and asked for a towel, according to PUNCH Metro.
The victim reportedly left the reception area, walked to the hotel’s backyard to fetch a towel, and was on her way to assist the visitor when she felt the desire to relieve herself.
The woman, who spoke with reporters on Sunday, said she went to the rear common toilet to urinate when Fuad approached her inside.
“When he trapped me inside the toilet, he was only wearing his underpants,” she added. I noticed a bottle with him, and he threatened to murder me if I refused to have sex with him. He raped me inside the bathroom and then abandoned me there. The incident occurred between the hours of 12 a.m. and 1 a.m. on Saturday, when everyone was sleeping.
“I was also asleep until one of our customers woke me up and said that he needed a towel. I was the one who attended to him (Fuad) when he came with his girlfriend to lodge in our hotel. He paid N5,000 for the room. He must have seen me when I went to pick the towel as he left his girlfriend inside the room, blocked me inside the toilet and raped me there.
“I reported the incident to my manager, Mr Ali, who raised the alarm in the morning. Mr Ali and my colleagues went to Fuad’s room, apprehended him and it was at that point that his girlfriend knew what he did. My manager and colleagues saw the bottle Fuad used to threaten me inside the toilet.”
The owner of the hotel, Mutairu Oke, said the suspect was handed over to the police, adding that the receptionist was taken to hospital for treatment.
He said, “Immediately I was informed in the morning, I instructed my workers to apprehend him. I rushed down to the hotel and took him to the Denton Police Station. Fuad is currently detained there.
“We have taken our receptionist to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital in Ikeja, where it was confirmed that she was raped. They gave her some medications and told her to return to the hospital on Monday for further tests.”
The Chief Security Officer, Lagos Mainland Local Government Area, Ishola Agbodemu, while condemning the incident, said Fuad was fond of causing trouble in the area.