Three undergraduates remanded for allegedly gang-raping colleague in Ondo
Three students of the Ondo College of Health Technology, Akure, who allegedly gang-raped a female undergraduate (name withheld) of the institution were yesterday arraigned before a magistrate court, sitting in Akure, the state capital.
The accused persons, Adeboboye Damilola, Blessing Michael and Eyitayo Charles, were all brought before the court by the police on an eight-count charge, which bordered on armed robbery, rape, illegal possession of firearms and cultism.
It would be recalled that the victim, a student at the Environmental Health Technician Department of the government-owned college was gang-raped at Barristers’ Lodge, Olofinlade Layout, Oda Road in Akure by the trio.
The three suspects were also alleged to have before the incident, raped a student of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) and as well attempted to forcefully have carnal knowledge of another lady identified as Miss Oladele Damilola.
Also, the defendants were alleged to have robbed one Israel Segun and Adedayo Foluso of money, handsets, and laptops at gunpoint.
The police prosecutor, Mr. Abdulateef Suleiman, who sought for the remand of the accused persons in prison custody, was countered by counsel to the second defendant as well as counsel to the first and third defendants, Mr. Banjo Ayelakin and Mr. Olutoye Adeyanju respectively, as they argued that they were served with the application few hours before the court proceeding.
They, however, prayed the court to adjourn the case to enable them to study the application properly.
In her ruling, the magistrate, Mrs. Victoria Bob-Manuel, admitted the prayer of the counsels and ordered for the remand of the accused persons in police custody. Magistrate Bob-Manuel subsequently adjourned the case to September 5, 2019.
The three suspects had been in police custody since last week when they were arrested. It was gathered that the victim was at her boyfriend’s residence at Barristers Lodge area of the school when the incident happened.
Narrating how the incident happened, the victim said: “I was in the room when the three of them forcefully had their way in and bounced on me. I begged them to please leave me alone but they refused. They asked one of them to forcefully undress me and before you know it the three of them raped me.
“They even threatened me that they had the recordings of the escapade and would upload the videos on the social media if I should tell anyone. Yet, I could not keep the trauma to myself. I had to tell one of my friends in confidence who reported the issue to the police and the boys were tracked and arrested.”
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