Three men, Samuel Akpan, 34, Shola Owolabi, 28 and Michael Lanre, 21, have been arrested by the police in Lagos for alleged gang raping of a 17-year-old girl and uploading the video online.
The suspects who specialized in the act, usually gang rape, film the young girls in the act and upload it to embarrass the victims.
Although the suspects upon their arrest said it was out of mutual understanding, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, who paraded the suspects on Friday before newsmen at the Command Headquarters, said the men were fond of the act.
Owoseni said when the matter was reported at Ipaja, Ayobo Police Division, the policemen swung into action and arrested the culprits, adding that the suspects also confessed to the crime during interrogation.
Owolabi, in his confession said he and Lanre met Akpan, making love to the girl.
He said, “I went to work that fateful day. When I came back, I went to Akpan’s house only to see him making love to the girl and when I entered his room, he just finished making love to her. I persuaded the girl to allow me sleep with her and she accepted.
“I made love to her too. While I was doing it with the girl, Lanre walked in and brought out his phone and claimed he was using the torch on the phone to look for something in the room, but he was filming me as I was making love to the girl,”he said, stating that they were arrested when the landlord of Akpan’s house, who heard the scream of the girl, went to report the matter at the police station.
Continuing, he said, “We were arrested in the act.”
On his part, Lanre explained that he also had sex with the girl, but he did not know the girl before then.
He said, “Owolabi and I walked into Akpan’s apartment when we met both of them making love. We persuaded the girl to allow us to make love to her too which she consented to. We went only one round each. When I brought my phone out, I only wanted to use the torch, I never thought of filming them in the act. It was a mistake,” Lanre insisted.
The third suspect, Akpan, an indigene of Akwa Ibom State denied uploading the video on the internet. He said he did not know his friends would come when he was making love to the girl.
“I am a bus conductor. It was some boys in my compound who I used to send on errands who saw the girl and introduced her to me. We became friends thereafter, so the following day, she came to visit me. We were both inside my room and I persuaded her to allow me to make love to her which she accepted.
“My friends walked in and met us in the act. The room was dark, one of them wanted to use the torch on his phone. He did not know that the camera of the phone was recording what we were doing. It was when we got to the police station they discovered the video on his phone.
“I am not happy to find myself in this situation. I don’t know what to tell my parents back home if they see me in this condition,” Akpan added.