A student of the University of Lagos (Unilag) on Tuesday told an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court that she was gang-raped by eight fellow students and blackmailed with a video recording of the assault.
It reports that Miss Z (name withheld), a 19-year-old student of the institution made the revelation while giving evidence during the trial of five students over the alleged crimes.
The students are -Moboluwaji Omowole, 19, Chuka Chukwu, 19, Peace Nwankama, 19, James Aguedu, 20 and Osemeka Josephine, 20.
They face a three-count charge of defilement of a child, permitting the defilement of a child in a premises and procuration.
Other students who are alleged by authorities to be accomplices to the alleged crimes are still at large.
Miss Z, who was 17-years-old at the time of the alleged gang rape was led in evidence by Mrs K.A Momoh-Ayokambi, the lead state prosecutor.
In a lengthy testimony which lasted for 2 hours and 10 minutes, she gave an explicit account of her ordeal.
Narrating the events that led to the alleged gang rape, she told the court that she became friends with Nwankaba (the third defendant) who was her roommate when she moved into school hostel at the 2016/2017 academic session.
She alleged that Nwankaba, her friend and roommate lured her to be gang raped.
“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 January 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 out 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.”
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.
Miss Z said, “James led me up a flight of stairs and we got into a room, there were boys outside the corridor because some of the boys who were downstairs had come upstairs.
“I entered the room with Seriki and James but Yinka stayed outside, when I entered the room I met two boys and a girl the boys are- Emmanuel (at large), I cannot remember the name of the second boy and Josephine (the fifth defendant).
“When James and Seriki entered the room, Josephine and the two boys left and at this point it
was clear to me that Peace was not in High Rise.
“Yinka then asked me to have sex with him, I said no but he continued forcefully persisting and removing my clothes at this point, two other people who were looking into the room entered the room and held me down while Yinka had forceful sex with me.
“In no particular order, the following took their turns – Daniel, James, Yinka, Bolu (first defendant), Seriki, Emmanuel and two other people who I don’t know their name. They were eight men.”
Miss Z said that following the alleged gang rape, she was subjected to further sexual assault by some of the defendants and their accomplices.
“After they did that they all came into the room including Josephine and they started playing music, four people held me down and were touching me all around while Josephine was either kissing one of them and dancing with one of them.
“At a point Josephine asked if she could kiss me while I was trying to fight off the people around. I was thinking of leaving but I was outnumbered and I didn’t know if those downstairs were part of them.
“Eventually Josephine kissed me and they made comments like its not that bad etc. When they were molesting me, there was a guy who was sitting down and video recording all that was happening on a phone.
“My first instinct was to get the phone from him but I thought I was outnumbered. At a point when they were leaving, they led me outside the building and they told me they had a video of what happened.
“They said if I don’t want to be popular in school, I have to answer them anytime they wanted to have sex. They collected my number and shared it among themselves,” she said. Miss Z said she did not know how to handle the situation and kept everything that happened to herself because she was scared she will get into a lot of trouble because of the video and that her father will be very angry.