A 19-year-old lady who is a student of University of Lagos, UNILAG has narrated how she was gang raped by 8 male students from the institution and was further blackmailed with a video which was recorded during the assault.
The victim was 17-year-old at the time of the alleged gang rape.
The young lady told the court that she was introduced to her abusers by her friend and roommate, Peace Nwankaba (the third defendant) who she trusted deeply. She alleged that her friend, Nwankaba lured her to be gang raped.
Speaking at the Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court today Tuesday February 26th, the victim preferred to be anonymous, hence she was identified as Miss Z (name withheld).
She made the revelation while giving evidence during the trial of five students over the alleged crimes. The students namely Moboluwaji Omowole, 19, Chuka Chukwu, 19, Peace Nwankama, 19, James Aguedu, 20 and Osemeka Josephine, 20, are all standing trial for the defilement of a child, permitting the defilement of a child in a premises and violation.
The young lady said:
“I had three roommates which included Peace Nwankaba, during the course of being in the room, Peace and I became friends, she even introduced me to her parents on our matriculation day between Jan. 13 to 17 2017. One day in the early afternoon around 12pm, Peace called me on the phone and asked if I was around and asked if I wanted to hang with another boy called Yinka (now at large) at High Rise which is a staff quarters hostel at Unilag.
“At the time I did not know what High Rise was, I told her and she said it was a hostel where people stay. I told her I was not sure that I will think about it, she cut the call and called me again within the space of five minutes but this time it was Yinka who was talking to me.
“He told me it was supposed to be a hang out and Peace will be there, at that point I agreed and since I didn’t know where High Rise was, Yinka and Peace told me to meet them at Jaja Hall, a male hostel at Unilag.
“When I got there I only met Yinka with James (fourth defendant). When I saw Yinka I asked of Peace and he said she is at High Rise.”
According to the victim, she said when she got to High Rise, she was led to a small building behind High Rise where she met Seriki (now at large) and a group of boys but was assured by Yinka that
Peace will come to the premises.
The student said she was admitted at the Unilag Medical Center for three days where the parents of arrested students tried soliciting her not to do anything about the case.
“From the Medical Center, I went home and stayed for three weeks, during that time their parents were trying to bribe my family with between N3million to N5million. My family declined as my mother and brothers were very supportive,” she said.