Residents of Agbarha-Otor community in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State are protesting the closure of a Primary Health Care Centre in the community.
It may not be unconnected with the alleged rape of a 100 level female student of the Delta State College of Health Technology, Ofuoma.
The local government chairman, Godwin Adode, was said to have ordered the closure of the health centre, indefinitely, culminating into a disagreement with the community people.
It was gathered that some unidentified hoodlums broke into the premises and sexually harassed the female student, who was on internship and thereafter filmed her nude before carting away phones, ATM cards and other valuable items.
The incident, DAILY POST gathered, led to the alleged indefinite shutdown of the health centre by the local government chairman, ostensibly to prevent breakdown of law and order
According to the victim, “I was asleep, when a strange person woke me up. Immediately l opened my eyes, I saw a strange person was with a knife and pointing something like a gun at me.
“He commanded me to stand up and led me to the delivery room. When we got there, he was behind me and pointing a knife and gun at my head.
“He then asked me if there was money at the health centre, I told him I don’t know, and he also asked what type of phones all of us were using, then I told him that my android was already with him, but others have button phones.
“He then led me to the matron’s office and inside the office, he drop a matress and asked me to lie down, or he would shoot and stab me to death. I obeyed and he asked me to pull off my clothes. At this point, he raped me.
“After raping me, he asked for my phone password, my ATM password, which I gave to him. He then opened the phone and started filming my nude, and he warned me that if I told anyone, he would make my nude videos go viral on the internet,” she lamented.
A youth leader from the community, who did not want his name mentioned, confirmed that the health centre was closed because of the student that was raped, stating that the chairman has been warned to rescind the action as residents could not get treatment.
While confirming that the chairman is under pressure from the community to reopen it for use, efforts to speak with the Chairman, Adode were not successful as calls to his mobile phone were not answered.