Friday, 29 January 2016

undergraduates for allegedly raping a job-seeker,
identified only as Nike, and robbing her of
valuables in the Igando area of the state.
It was learnt that the suspects, identified
as Valentine and Kusimo, allegedly took turns to
rape their victim after luring her into a hotel.
Valentine, an indigene of Imo State, was said to be
seeing off the 27-year-old with the hope that she
would not raise the alarm when Nike suddenly
called for help.
The suspects were subsequently arrested and
taken to the Igando Police Division.
The incident happened on Thursday, January 14,
2016, on Idowu Ibiyemi Street, in the Igando area
of Lagos State.
A police source told our correspondent that
Valentine and Nike had met on a dating site.
He said, “Valentine is a 400-level Civil Engineering
student of a university in Imo State. He chatted up
the lady on the dating site and from there, their
conversation shifted to Whatsapp, a mobile
messaging application.
“The suspect told his friend, Kusimo, about the girl
and they decided to trick her. Kusimo, a student of
a polytechnic in Ogun State, would sometimes take
Valentine’s phone and be chatting with Nike,
without the girl knowing that it was Kusimo.
“Having done that for some days, they decided to
invite her to Lagos.”
It was gathered that Nike, an indigene of Osun
State, travelled down from Ibadan, the Oyo State
capital, where she was based, to the Igando area.
Our correspondent learnt that the victim and
Valentine scheduled to meet at his house. We gathered that instead of taking her to
his apartment, the suspect took her to a popular
hotel in the area.
The source said, “The girl did not know she was
taken to a hotel because he took her through the
back into the room.
“The second suspect, had, however, hid inside the
toilet. As the lady entered the room, Valentine shut
the door and Kusimo jumped out from his hideout
with a bottle. He smashed the bottle on the ground
and he told the girl to cooperate or they would kill
her.
“While Valentine had two rounds, the second
suspect had three rounds of sex with her. After
they had raped her, they robbed her of her
BlackBerry and N15, 000.
“In order to prevent her from exposing them, they
took snapshots of her nakedness and threatened
that if she told anyone about her ordeal, they would
put the pictures on the Internet.”
PUNCH Metro gathered that after committing the
act, Valentine decided to see Nike off.
The victim was, however, said to have raised the
alarm, drawing the attention of passersby.
She was said to have narrated what happened to
people, which led to the arrest of both suspects.
They were detained at the Igando Police Division,
before the matter was transferred to the State
Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba.
Another police source, however, said the suspects
claimed that Nike agreed to mutual sex with them
and only raised the alarm because she was not
well paid.
She said, “How can you leave your place in Ibadan
for Lagos and claim not to know what you are
doing? It is not true that they raped her. She only
wanted to make money off the men, and that was
why she raised the alarm outside.
“The suspect said she demanded N200,000 for
settlement and she is saying she does not want
her fiancé and family members to be aware. She is
not innocent.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo
Badmus, while confirming the incident, said the
police had charged both suspects to court.
“Case charged to court,” she said in a text
message.

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