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How I was drugged, gang-raped in Lekki hotel, woman tells court

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A 24-year-old woman (name withheld) on Wednesday narrated to an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court how she was allegedly drugged by her friend in a nightclub and was gang-raped in a hotel in Lekki, Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the woman, the first prosecution witness, testified in the trial of two dropouts of Babcock University – Don-Chima George, 25, and Olusegun Rasak, 28, charged with rape.

Led in evidence by Dr Jide Martins, Director of  Public Prosecutions, Lagos State, the witness told the court that she was invited to Kabaal Nightclub situated at Ikoyi, Lagos, by George who was her friend.

The alleged rape victim who testified for one and half hours said:  “Initially, I did not want to go, I was hesitant, I told Chima but he insisted I come. He also said that his birthday was a few days away and he was to celebrate it.

“I agreed. That was not the first time we had gone out together as friends so there was nothing out of the ordinary. He asked me to meet him at the De-Lankaster Hotel. We were supposed to leave from there to the club.

“I got there because I knew where it was. Segun Razak was there in Chima’s room already; I waited a few minutes for everyone to get ready, and we left the hotel to go to the club.

“We got there, nothing out of the ordinary happened; while at the club, at about 4a.m., I told Chima I was tired and wanted to go home.”

She told the court that George gave her a glass of Hennessey and Coca cola to drink, saying that the drink was the only one she had at the club before she dropped off George at the De-Lankaster Hotel.

“I drove and Chima was in the car with me, and I had to drop him at the hotel. Segun Razak drove his car and had his friends in his car. We made a few stops at  Automated Teller Machines to get some money for the Lekki Toll Gate.

“From there, we proceeded to the hotel, when we got there, I proceeded to say hello to the other occupants of Segun’s car.

“When I went into the reception area, I found a mutual friend of ours called Foluso; he was pretty drunk. Being the person that I am, I decided not to let him stay in the reception area. I helped him and took him up to Chima’s room.

“I knocked on the door and I did not hear anyone answer, but I opened the door because the door was already open because the door was bad.

“I got my friend inside the room and put him on the bed. After I got him on the bed, I kept talking to him to make sure that he was okay.

“While he was lying down, I was watching a movie on my phone and from that moment, I do not recollect anything because I passed out, which was out of the ordinary because I usually remember when I fall asleep,” she said.

At this point, the witness broke  down in tears, narrating how, in her subconscious state, she was allegedly gang-raped by George and Razak.

She said: “My next recollection after passing out was being in a state that I wasn’t in ordinarily. I felt drunk but I knew I wasn’t because I did not drink enough to make me drunk.

“I felt weak and I could feel hands grabbing me and I could also hear a voice in the room which I knew to be Chima’s voice and I felt Segun on top of me having sex with me.

“I felt his (Segun) dreadlocks on my body because he had dreadlocks. I remember trying to push him off as he was touching me. He was touching my breasts and I could feel another pair of hands on my thighs.

“I blacked out and came up again a second time and I could feel somebody fingering me. I knew I heard Chima’s voice and I couldn’t recall what he was saying, and I felt myself being penetrated again. I tried my best to say no.

“I believe it was Chima who penetrated me again. I believe it was Chima because I heard him asking if I was awake after all of that; I blacked out again, and at that point, I knew both of them had had sex with me.

“I was in a state where I was not conscious but I had a sense that I could hear them. I woke up around 7a.m. When I woke up, I was confused and I was trying to recall what happened.

“I did not consent to the penetration, I am 100 percent sure I am not in a relationship with both of them.”

The witness said that when she woke up, she confronted George who denied any form of sexual relations  between them.

“I could feel my vagina sore; I knew that a sexual act had happened. When I woke up, Chima was in the room with me; he was sitting in a chair opposite the bed. He was on his phone.

“I asked, `Chima what happened last night?’ He said, `Nothing’.

“He said, ‘No’ and I told him: `If we didn’t, why is my underwear (pant) not on?’ He did not say anything. I started looking for my underwear.

“I was thinking that this is my friend, he would not do that to me. I finally found my underwear under the duvet, I grabbed it, grabbed my wig and car keys and went downstairs,” she said.

The witness said that she left the hotel in tears, shock and confusion, and did not want to go home in her traumatised state.

The witness told the court that she informed  her trusted friend called Musa and his girlfriend, Seyi, about the alleged incident.

“Musa was angry, he asked me where the hotel was. At first, I did not want to tell him, I just wanted to go home and forget it ever happened  but he told me I cannot let them get away with it.

“He informed his older sister, Bisoye, and they all rallied and went to the hotel. They went with a police escort to the hotel. When we got there, I stayed inside the car and they went to get them inside the hotel.

“Musa’s car was tinted so they did not know I was in the car, they brought them out so I could see them but they could not see me.

“I could hear them being questioned. They did not verbalise that they did it but I could tell from their body language that they knew they were caught.

“When these were going on, people started coming outside,” she said.

The woman told the court that she went to Maroko Police Station where  Musa, Bisoye and she made statements, adding that on Feb. 5, the case was reported to the Gender Unit of the state police command.

She said that she went to the Amethyst Hospital, Lekki, and the Mirabel Center, for medical examination.

The woman testified that  her friends who reported the alleged crime were victimised by the families of the defendants.

“They asked me to drop the case but even after asking me to drop the case, they  went ahead to arrest my friend.

“I feel betrayed most especially by Chima. You were supposed to be my friend. I have no personal relationship with Segun Razak, I only know him as Chima’s friend.

“I have never been to Segun’s house; I have never met his parents or his other  family members. I knew Chima as a friend, I have met his dad, I remember his father telling me how he thought I was a good influence on him.

“For all these to happen, I feel hurt, I feel betrayed,” she said.

NAN reports that the defendants are alleged by the police  to have committed the offences on Feb. 3, from 5.00a.m. to 7.00a.m. at De-Lankaster Hotels, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

While at a nightclub, the defendants allegedly mixed the complainant’s drink with a substance that rendered her unconscious.

The police alleged that the defendants took turns to rape the woman in the hotel and videotaped the sexual offence.

According to the prosecution, the offences contravene Sections 258 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Justice Abiola Soladoye adjourned the case until June 13 for continuation of trial.

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2 men in court for allegedly damaging house foundation

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Two men, Olatunjoye Adelure, 52 and Inumidun Adeye, 59, on Friday appeared before an Okitipupa Chief Magistrate’s Court in Ondo State for allegedly damaging the foundation laid for a house.

The defendants — a tailor and a bricklayer — of unknown addresses, were standing trial in the court on a four-count charge bordering on misdemeanour, breach of peace, forceful entry and malicious damage.

The prosecutor, Insp. Ayodeji Omoyeigha, told the court that the defendants and one other still at large, on Oct. 26, around 10:30 a.m. at Lugboro Street, off Ode-Erinje Road in Okitipupa magisterial district, conspired to commit misdemeanour.

Omoyeigha said that the defendants conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of the peace by forcibly entering into a plot of land belonging to one Olatunde Temoju and maliciously damaged the house foundation, which cost N500, 000.

He said that the defendants committed offences contrary to Sections 517, 81, 82 and 451, Criminal Code, Cap.37, Vol.1, Laws of Ondo State 2006.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Dickson Ogunfuyi, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N500, 000 each and a surety each in like sum.

He said that the sureties must present evidence of tax paid to the state government for one year.

Ogunfuyi adjourned the case until Dec. 30 for further hearing.

Edited by: Edwin Nwachukwu/Oluwole Sogunle

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2 charged with attempting to buy hemp with fake naira notes

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Two men on Friday appeared before a Yaba Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State for allegedly possessing N26,500 fake naira notes and attempting to use same to buy hemp at the Tejuosho Market, Yaba.

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The defendants – Sunday Uche, 24, and Patrick Chidiebere, 25-  are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and possession of forged bank notes.

They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Godwin Oriabure, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Dec. 3.

According to him, the defendants tried to use fake 16 pieces of  N1,000 note and 11 pieces of fake N500 note, a total of N26, 500 counterfeited notes – to buy hemp from Tejuosho Market.

He said that when the hemp seller realised that the notes were fake, he drew the attention of a police officer patrolling the area.

“My lord, the Indian hemp seller was also arrested for possessing an illegal substance,” Oriabure said.

The alleged offences contravene Sections 411 and 372 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 411 stipulates two years’ imprisonment for conspiracy, while possession of forged bank notes attracts seven years’ jail term in line with the provisions of Section 372.

The defendants were, however, granted bail in the sum of N100, 000 each with two sureties in like sum.

The Magistrate, Mrs E.N. Ojuromi ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and have evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She adjourned the case until Jan. 14, 2020, for mention.

Edited by: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ijeoma Popoola

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Court remands man, 26, for stealing goods worth N1,710

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An Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun, on Friday, remanded a 26-year-old man, Afeez Alabede, in Abeokuta Correctional Centre for stealing goods valued at N1,710.

Alabede, who is of no fixed address, was arraigned on a charge of stealing, to which he, however, pleaded guilty.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Busarat Sulimon, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Dec. 12, at about 7.30 am., at No. 4, Salvation Street, Ota, Ogun.

She said that the defendant unlawfully entered the shop of the complainant, Oketunji Olajumoke, and stole three tins of crown milk, three tins of sardine, four sachets of Holandia milk, all valued at N1,580 and a cash of N130.

“The accused was caught by the neighbours and handed over to the police,” the prosecutor said.

According to her, the offence contravenes Section 390(9) of the Criminal Code, Law of Ogun, 2006.

The Magistrate, Mrs O. M. Awosanya, said that the defendant should be remanded in the Abeokuta Correctional Centre and adjourned the case till Jan. 8, for facts and sentencing.

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Police arraign man for allegedly stealing provisions worth N170,000

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The police, on Friday in Abuja, arraigned Rapheal Charles, in a Dutse Grade 1 Area Court for allegedly stealing provisions worth N170, 000.

The defendant, a resident of Sunape village in Bwari, was charged with criminal trespass and theft.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Prosecutor, Mrs Idowu Ojo, told the court that the matter was reported by Fidelis Eze at the Bwari police station on Nov. 1.

She explained that on Oct. 30, the complainant, who owned a provision store in Sunape village, closed his shop at about 8.30 pm. and went home.

Ojo said that Eze forgot something and returned to the shop only to meet the defendant inside his shop.

She further explained that during police investigation, it was discovered that the defendant had the shop key, which had got missing from the store sometime in May.

Ojo further said that the defendant had allegedly used the key to steal provisions, including cartons of noodles worth N170,000 from the shop.

According to her, the offences contravene Sections 348 and 287 of the Penal Code.

The Presiding Officer, Mr Suleiman Mohammed, however, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100,000, with a surety in like sum.

Mohammed said that the surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

He, thereafter, adjourned the case till Dec. 16, for mention.

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Job applicant remanded for allegedly robbing with toy gun

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An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Friday remanded a 27-year-old job applicant, Jacob Odili, in the Kirikiri Correctional Centre, for allegedly robbing a man of  N70,000 cell phone, with a toy gun.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs O.A. Aderibigbe, who gave the order, did not take the plea of the defendant.

She said that Odili should be remanded  pending advice from the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Aderibigbe ordered the police to duplicate  the case file and send to the DPP for advice.

Odili, who resides at Igando, Lagos, was charged with  robbery and stealing.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Mojirade Edeme, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Nov. 17, at Igando.

She said the defendant used a toy gun to rob the complainant,  Mr Adefehinti Adeyanju, of a cell phone.

He said that the defendant accosted the complainant, pointed the gun at him, demanded for his cell phone and threatened to shoot him if he would refuse to comply.

“For fear of not being killed, the complainant quickly surrendered his phone.

“But unknown to the defendant, the complainant knew him where he was living before; so, he went there to report to the community leaders.

“The defendant was eventually arrested but had sold the phone,” Edeme said.

The alleged offences violate Sections 287 and 296 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 287 provides for three years’ jail term for stealing while Section 296 prescribes 21 years’ imprisonment  for robbery.

The case was adjourned until Jan. 17, for mention.

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