Lagos girl detained for fake rape, Twitter kidnapping alarm
A girl, Toyosi Adesegun, was arrested by men from the Lagos State Police Command for raising a false alarm on Twitter after being kidnapped and raped.
The tweet, which went viral on Thursday, drew various reactions from social media users, who worried about its safety.
Adesegun, however, revealed in a follow-up tweet that her statement was untrue and later apologized.
The 20-year-old also posted a video clip to confirm she was safe.
“I was not kidnapped or raped. I’m fine and I’m not making this video under duress or anything. I am very well. I am at home. Please stop calling or threatening these numbers. Thanks very much,” she says in the clip.
Many social media users condemned his action, with some calling for his arrest.
State Police Public Relations Officer SP Benjamin Hundeyin said Adesegun was arrested for giving false information, adding that three other people, Olamilekan Faruk, Ayanfe Ayinde and Olusola Onipede, were arrested for holding her against her will.
The PPRO said, “After careful and thorough investigation, it has been revealed that 20-year-old Toyosi Adesegun is a regular visitor to Olamilekan Faruk, Ayanfe Ayinde and Olusola Onipede at No. 78 Obayan Street, Akoka.
“This morning (Thursday) she was stopped from leaving the apartment by the young men. Toyosi threatened to tweet what she had tweeted if she was not allowed to leave. The young men called her a bluff and she tweeted.
“Based on the above, the three men will face trial for undue coercion, while Toyosi will face trial for giving false information.”