These are not the best of times for one of the most successful Fuji acts of all time, Abass Akande Obsere. A few days ago we learnt that on March 3rd he was arrested by Lagos Police for the alleged ra.pe of a 29-year old woman named Olanike Olaiya in Okota. This was the second time he was arrested regarding the alleged ra.pe, the first time being 26th February.
The woman at the center of the ra.pe allegations explained the incident
“I got to know Obesere through one of my friends, Mrs Bola Okoro. She told me that Obesere would assist me in my business. I deal in office equipment and when I contacted Obesere, he asked me to meet him in his family house at Okota. When I met him, I introduced my business to him and he promised to connect me to some of his friends in Dubai who would sell goods to me on credit.
After the discussion, he started demanding for sex and I refused and when I wanted to leave, he insisted I should sleep over in his house because it was late and he claimed that it was dangerous to go out late in the night in his area.
I thought he was a responsible man and I decided to sleep over, but at the dead of the night, he came into the room where I slept and pounced on me.
He ra.ped me and afterwards inserted a ring he wore into my private part and I started bleeding. He hurriedly left me in the room saying he had an appointment to fulfil. I could not bear the trauma and the bleeding and I reported the matter to the police.”
Following his March 3rd arrest he was released on bail. The police said in his written statement, Obesere said “the woman was his girlfriend and she had visited him at his home.”
For the first time Obesere is addressing the ra.pe allegation, he spoke out in an interview with MITV‘s Wazobia show.
She visited me at home at night and it was too late for her to return to her place. I won’t lie about the fact that we had intimate encounter. But I did not ra.pe her. And it was about four or five days after she visited me that she went to the police to allege that I ra.ped her.
I went to the police station but when I realized that the officers there were favouring her as a complainant, I requested them to transfer the case to the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Panti, Yaba.
There, they asked her for evidence that she was ra.ped. There was no injury on her. Her clothes were intact. When she couldn’t produce evidence, the police advised her not to attempt to blackmail me. They advised her to gently approach me and ask for help if she wanted anything.
When she first called me to say she was feeling sick, I called the woman who introduced her to me to take her to hospital. But Alhaja said nothing was wrong with her, that she was only trying to extort me. Alhaja said she planned to blackmail me into parting with between five and ten million naira.
I can tell you my enemies are behind the allegation. They are trying to bring me down. But they won’t succeed because I’m a child of God, a messenger of God. Once God remains behind me, nobody can bring me down.
I’m a responsible man, a reliable man. But I’m human and therefore fallible. But I’m not losing sleep about this allegation. I’m undeterred and I’m going about my business because I have no doubt that the truth will prevail.