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5 Fake Businessmen Arrested for Allegedly Abducting and Gang-raping a customer they met via Instagram 

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The Suspects

The Suspects

The Lagos state Police Command has arrested 5 suspects for allegedly abducting and gang-raping a woman.

According to PUNCH, the suspects – Ugochukwu Eso, Gabriel Obinna, Chinedu Ezechukwu, Akubueze Nnadozie and Godwin Balogun – used a hotel in the Agege area of the state to perpetrate the crime.

One of the suspects, Obinna had been communicating with the victim as a lady named Vanessa, after they both met on Instagram. Vanessa told the victim that she was a graduate and sold clothes.

The victim said she and Vanessa had been communicating on the telephone before the incident. Obinna (Vanessa) said he used a Magic Voice Application on his phone to feign a lady’s voice while talking to the victim.

According to the victim, Vanessa had invited her to inspect some goods at her apartment (the hotel). When the victim arrived, the suspects allegedly gang-raped her and collected N50,000 from her before releasing her.

The victim reported the matter at the Isokoko Police Division and the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), Alausa, after leaving the hotel.

The police arrested the suspects at the hotel.

The DSVRT Coordinator, Lola-Vivour Adeniyi, said:

One of the suspects, named Vanessa, chatted with the victim on Instagram. She claimed that she was a graduate and she sold clothes. According to the victim, the fake businesswoman called her from time to time to discuss business with her.

On the day of the incident, the victim came from Oshodi to the address Vanessa gave her in Agege. As she climbed into the house, reportedly owned by Vanessa, three men pushed her into a room and increased the volume of the television so that no one would hear her voice.

After the rape, the suspects said she should provide N2m before she would be released. She called some friends and was able to raise N50,000, which they withdrew from her bank account using the ATM. She was held hostage from 12pm to 7pm.

The DSVRT has directed her to the Mirabel Centre, Ikeja, for a checkup. We worked with the police to ensure the arrest of the suspects and the victim has identified three of them.

Narrating their own side of the story, one of the suspects, Eso said:

The lady came into the hotel to meet another woman. When she saw us, she became nervous. We calmed her down and told her we were just looking for money to eat and she should give us whatever she had.

She gave us N20,000 and we began to talk freely in the room. She used some drugs and willingly had sexual affair with me and Gabriel (Obinna). After the sex, we accompanied her to the taxi and we parted amicably. It was not a rape.

According to Obinna: “The lady and I had been discussing on the phone; we were friends. I have a Magic Voice application on my phone which I used to discuss with her. We did not rape her. She did not make any noise during the sex; she was just smiling. We were the ones who put her on a bus. Only two of us slept with her”.

A police source told PUNCH that the gang’s mode of operation was to lure female customers into their midst, gang-rape them and threaten to blackmail them with video recordings of the rape unless some money was paid to them.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who paraded the suspects said they would be charged to court after investigation is complete.

Photo Credit: PUNCH

11 Comments

  1. nwa nna

    August 11, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    I’m so disgusted at these animals! Our moral compass as a nation needs to be reset urgently because there’s a moral decay plaguing our society and something drastic needs to be done about it!!
    Folks, please be extremely careful with meeting people on social media because the person’s you think you’re meeting on social media is only a made up character and do not be fooled or let your guards down biko nu!

  2. Mr. Egghead

    August 11, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    | “We calmed her down and told her we were just looking for money to eat and she should give us whatever she had. She gave us N20,000 and we began to talk freely in the room. She used some drugs and willingly had sexual affair with me and Gabriel (Obinna). After the sex, we accompanied her to the taxi and we parted amicably. It was not a rape.”

    So she decided, on a whim, to part with hard-earned money and still get double-teamed? ?
    RIDICULOUS!!
    .
    Judge: What say ye, foreman?
    Foreman: Guilty, mi lord. On all charges
    Judge: Very well. . . . OFF WITH THEIR COCKS!!!

    • Tru

      August 11, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      Brilliantly put. Can you even hear the arrogance and entitlement in their tale????

  3. mrs chidukane

    August 11, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Useless people. Just rubbish. I’m happy the woman reported them.

  4. bee

    August 11, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    The decay in Nigeria is getting out of place .

  5. Prince

    August 11, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    This is so disheartening. Those guys should be killed or castrated

  6. Nnomsie

    August 11, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Just imagine their own side of the story… So unbelievable. Main reason I always insist on a busy Fast Food (worst case i’ll buy coke or water and drink). we just have to be on the lookout for ourselves (Personal Security). Don’t trust anyone, I repeat….. Don’t trust anyone especially when you have not even seen the client as people can now upload any pic and claim they are the one.

  7. Mariamah

    August 11, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    God purnish you guys.

  8. Anonymous

    August 11, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    This is very similar to what happened to my friend. This same stupid magic voice app. A guy disguised as a girl for months on her bbm and claimed she(he) sells clean 9 for weight loss and lured her to his apartment. She got there and asked some guys sitting outside where the girls flat is that’s how one of them took her there and then the other 3 followed and locked her in the apartment. She got raped then they took pictures of her naked and tried to blackmail her. She ended up paying them 10k. I begged this girl to report to the police she had pictures of them, contacts even the address she went to. She was just so scared they would send the pictures to her father. The hungry bastards stopped calling her after I told her to stop picking their calls and block them. They will still die a shameful death. Idiots didn’t even send the pictures to her dad. Bottom line is we girls have to be extra careful and vigilant on social media, you never know who is who. These rapists really need to be punished. May God help and save us.

  9. Latifa

    August 11, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Why won’t they just castrate this he goats……why?

  10. man in the mirror

    August 12, 2016 at 10:11 am

    anoymous, na wa for your friend o! since when did they start buying clean 9 in strangers apartments, smh.

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