A 24-year-old student of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Olanipekun Irenimofe, who was recently arrested by policemen after a pregnancy kit was found with her, has narrated her experience with the officers.
In an interview with The Punch, Irenimofe said she was put behind bars for buying a pregnancy test kit and contraceptive from a pharmacy. According to her, the officers asked her why she was already having sex and couldn’t remain a virgin for her husband.
Irenimofe said she was traumatized and scared as she was not particularly sure of what would be the outcome of the incident.
“My name is Olanipekun Oladayo Irenimofe. I am a student of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
I recently finished my ND.
” I am 24 years old. I finished last year but I’m still writing my project in school. I want to be silent on my course of study.
“I was arrested by them (police) for buying a pregnancy test kit and contraceptive. After buying the above-mentioned items I wanted to see a customer and a friend of mine; so, I had to pass by the station. That was when a policeman called me and asked about my profession and I answered that I am a student.
He began to check the polythene bag I was carrying and then found the items.
He then asked me why I was with the items and I told him they were for me.
They then asked me to go behind the counter and later, I was put behind bars.
“They were just shouting why am I having sex; can’t I remain a virgin for my husband?
I didn’t say anything to them because I don’t understand! At (age) 24, is it illegal? Am I an underage person? If not for the Nigerian education system, should I still be in school?”
Speaking further, Irenimofe said, “I was traumatised.
“I was worried because they were threatening me.
“I became worried when I was asked to go behind bars.”
Irenimofe who said she spent about two hours behind bars said she was alone in the cell.
Explaining her feelings, she said, “I don’t even know how to put it because it was the first time I would experience something like that.”
She added that the officers never offered her an apology but rather behaved as if they were doing her a favour by releasing her.
She also said that though she felt embarrassed for being harassed by the officers, however she has no plan of suing them.
“I’m not claiming any damages.
“My sister raised the alarm because she was scared.
“We are not trying to gain anything from this.
“I’m not supposed to be harassed.
“I did nothing wrong, so I should not be treated like a criminal.
“My friends were very supportive, and if not for my sister and my friends, yesterday (Friday) wouldn’t have been bearable for me.”