Two female LASU students have recounted how they were raped and robbed by fellow students to the Judge at Lagos Special Offences Tribunal sitting in Ikeja on Monday.
The two female Muslim students of Lagos State University (LASU) identified fellow students of the institution as the ones who raped and disvirgined them at gunpoint during a robbery incident in their residence in 2018.
According to newsmen, the students were raped despite the fact that they who were both wearing niqabs when the suspects invaded their residency which was off the campus.
One of the students who allegedly raped the ladies was identified during trial as LASU, Afeez Ogunbowale, for alleged of armed robbery and rape alleged that the incident occurred on April 18, 2018.
Led in evidence by Mrs. O.A Bajulaiye-Bishi, the prosecuting counsel, the students, who were roommates, told the court that they were 200 level students when the incident occurred.
The witnesses told the court that that at around 3a.m., the light of a torch was flashed into their apartment, awaking them suddenly and five men, including Ogunbowale, who were armed with a gun and matchetes, forced themselves into their apartment.
Student A (name withheld), 23, told the court “they took three phones, a gold chain, earpiece, power bank and N1, 200. Three of the men left, leaving the defendant and one other person who I cannot identify.
“The defendant told the other guy ‘I want to sleep with these girls’. The defendant went to the toilet with my roommate while the second man tried to rape me.
“The second man could not penetrate me because I had an asthmatic attack and the second man left me to swap places with the defendant.
“The defendant came and had sex with me while I had the asthmatic attack and my roommate was screaming and pleading for him to leave me alone and he said in pidgin English ‘if she wan die, make she die’.
“The other three men came back into the apartment and saw the chaos. They told the two other men that this was not what they came here to do and they assisted in looking for my inhaler. My inhaler was found and they all left my apartment.”
Student A told the court that they lodged a report at the Ojo Barracks and they were referred to the Mirabel Center for medical examination and counselling.
“The case was transferred to the Festac Police Station then to the Ikeja Police Station. When the defendant was apprehended and brought to the Ikeja Police Station, he was shocked when he saw us there.
“He went on his knees and said to us in Yoruba ‘Alhaja please’,” Student A said.
While being cross-examined by Mr Bisi Salau, the defence counsel, Student A said that she recognised Ogunbowale as her assailant because she had seen him a number of times on campus.
She noted that the residence where the alleged crime occurred belonged to her aunt.
“I was a virgin until the day that incident occurred, I cannot remember the exact date I went to the Mirabel Center. When I reported the incident at the Ojo Barracks, they called to inform the Vice-Chancellor of LASU about it.
“The five men who came to our apartment were armed with a gun and the defendant was the one who carried the gun, he touched me with the gun.
“The defendant has a group of friends in my class and his friend sent me a friendship request on facebook.
“When I looked through his friends list, I saw the defendant’s photograph which I gave to the campus Department of State Security (DSS) official.
“I saw the defendant on campus and alerted the campus security.
He was apprehended in September 2018,” Student A said.
Student B (name withheld),20, while giving her testimony narrated how Ogunbowale allegedly raped her.
“The defendant took me to the toilet and pointed a gun at my head, that day I was still a virgin and it was difficult for him to penetrate into me. He said to me ‘you never do am before.’
“He took me to a chair and raped and the second man left my roommate and exchanged places with him and raped me as well.
“After we had reported the incident to authorities, we were examined and counselled. We had to go there over a long period of time but we had to cut that short because of our exams.
“We could not even take some of our medication because our school examination,” she said.
NAN reports that earlier, Ogunbowale plead not guilty during his arraignment for five-counts of armed robbery and rape.
According to Bajulaiye-Bishi, the defendant committed the offence alongside others who are now at large on April 18, 2018 at the Okokomaiko area of Lagos.
“The defendant and his accomplices while armed with a gun, knife, machete and bottle robbed the students of their phones, power bank, ear piece, gold chain and N1,200.
“The defendant and his accomplice who is at large had unlawful sexual intercourse with the complainants.
“The offence contravene Sections 260(1) and 297(2)(a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015,” she said.