Lagos State Police command have arrested 5 guys for abducting and gang raping a woman. One of the suspect claimed to be a lady on Instagram with the name Vanessa. The victim of the rape called Vanessa (who is actually a guy) a couple of times and never detected Vanessa was a guy because he used an app in his phone to mask his voice. According to the victim, Vanessa had invited her to inspect some goods at her apartment (the hotel). When the victim arrived, the suspects allegedly gang-raped her and collected N50,000 from her before releasing her. The victim reported the matter at the Isokoko Police Division and the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), Alausa, after leaving the hotel. The DSVRT Coordinator, Lola-Vivour Adeniyi, said:
One of the suspects, named Vanessa, chatted with the victim on Instagram. She claimed that she was a graduate and she sold clothes. According to the victim, the fake businesswoman called her from time to time to discuss business with her.
On the day of the incident, the victim came from Oshodi to the address Vanessa gave her in Agege. As she climbed into the house, reportedly owned by Vanessa, three men pushed her into a room and increased the volume of the television so that no one would hear her voice.
After the rape, the suspects said she should provide N2m before she would be released. She called some friends and was able to raise N50,000, which they withdrew from her bank account using the ATM. She was held hostage from 12pm to 7pm.
The DSVRT has directed her to the Mirabel Centre, Ikeja, for a checkup. We worked with the police to ensure the arrest of the suspects and the victim has identified three of them.
The names of the 5 men that commited the hideous crime are Ugochukwu Eso, Gabriel Obinna, Chinedu Ezechukwu, Akubueze Nnadozie and Godwin Balogun
Ugochukwu Eso narrating his own side of the story said:
‘The lady came into the hotel to meet another woman. When she saw us, she became nervous. We calmed her down and told her we were just looking for money to eat and she should give us whatever she had.
She gave us N20,000 and we began to talk freely in the room. She used some drugs and willingly had sexual affair with me and Gabriel (Obinna). After the sex, we accompanied her to the taxi and we parted amicably. It was not a rape.’
Obinna Gabriel narrating his own side of the story said, ‘The lady and I had been discussing on the phone; we were friends. I have a Magic Voice application on my phone which I used to discuss with her. We did not rape her. She did not make any noise during the sex; she was just smiling. We were the ones who put her on a bus. Only two of us slept with her’
Lagos State Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni said the suspects would be charged to court after investigation is complete