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We Were raped At Gunpoint, Lost Our Virginity – LASU Muslim Students Lament

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Two muslim students of the Lagos State University (LASU) on Monday narrated before an Ikeja Special Offences Court how they were allegedly robbed and raped at gunpoint by a fellow student.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that students who were both wearing hijabs (Islamic garment which covers the body leaving the eyes uncovered) in lengthy testimonies (2.10pm to 4.13pm) revealed to the court that they lost their virginity in the attack.

They made the revelation while testifying as prosecuting witnesses during the trial of a fellow student of LASU, Afeez Ogunbowale, over alleged of armed robbery and rape.

Led in evidence by Mrs O.A Bajulaiye-Bishi, the prosecuting counsel, the students, who were roommates, told the court that they were 200-level students when the alleged rape and armed robbery occurred on April 18, 2018.

The witnesses told the court that that at around 3a.m., the light of a torch was flashed into their apartment, awaking them suddenly and five men including Ogunbowale, who were armed with a gun and matchete forced themselves into their apartment.

Student A (name withheld), 23, told the court “they took three phones, a gold chain, earpiece, power bank and N1, 200. Three of the men left, leaving the defendant and one other person who I cannot identify.

“The defendant told the other guy ‘I want to sleep with these girls’. The defendant went to the toilet with my roommate while the second man tried to rape me.

“The second man could not penetrate me because I had an asthmatic attack and the second man left me to swap places with the defendant.

“The defendant came and had sex with me while I had the asthmatic attack and my roommate was screaming and pleading for him to leave me alone and he said in pidgin English ‘if she wan die, make she die’.

“The other three men came back into the apartment and saw the chaos. They told the two other men that this was not what they came here to do and they assisted in looking for my inhaler. My inhaler was found and they all left my apartment.”

Student A told the court that they lodged a report at the Ojo Barracks and they were referred to the Mirabel Center for medical examination and counselling.

“The case was transferred to the FESTAC police station then to the Ikeja Police Station. When the defendant was apprehended and brought to the Ikeja Police Station, he was shocked when he saw us there.

“He went on his knees and said to us in Yoruba ‘Alhaja please’,” Student A said.

While being cross-examined by Mr Bisi Salau, the defence counsel, Student A said that she recognised Ogunbowale as her assailant because she had seen him a number of times on campus.

She noted that the residence where the alleged crime occurred belonged to her aunt.

“I was a virgin until the day that incident occurred, I cannot remember the exact date I went to the Mirabel Center. When I reported the incident at the Ojo Barracks, they called to inform the Vice-Chancellor of LASU about it.

“The five men who came to our apartment were armed with a gun and the defendant was the one who carried the gun, he touched me with the gun.

“The defendant has a group of friends in my class and his friend sent me a friendship request on Facebook.

“When I looked through his friends list, I saw the defendant’s photograph which I gave to the campus Department of State Security (DSS) official.

“I saw the defendant on campus and alerted the campus security.

He was apprehended in September 2018,” Student A said.

Student B (name withheld),20, while giving her testimony narrated how Ogunbowale allegedly raped her.

“The defendant took me to the toilet and pointed a gun at my head, that day I was still a virgin and it was difficult for him to penetrate into me. He said to me ‘you never do am before.’

“He took me to a chair and raped and the second man left my roommate and exchanged places with him and raped me as well.

“After we had reported the incident to authorities, we were examined and counselled. We had to go there over a long period of time but we had to cut that short because of our exams.

“We could not even take some of our medication because our school examination,” she said.

NAN reports that earlier, Ogunbowale plead not guilty during his arraignment for five-counts of armed robbery and rape.

According to Bajulaiye-Bishi, the defendant committed the offence alongside others who are now at large on April 18, 2018 at the Okokomaiko area of Lagos.

“The defendant and his accomplices while armed with a gun, knife, machete and bottle robbed the students of their phones, power bank, ear piece, gold chain and N1,200.

“The defendant and his accomplice who is at large had unlawful sexual intercourse with the complainants.

“The offence contravene Sections 260(1) and 297(2)(a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015,” she said.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo ordered that Ogunbowale continue to enjoy the bail that was granted to him by Justice Yetunde Adesanya before the case was transferred from Adesanya’s court to her court.

She also warned the defendant that neither he or his friends should threaten witnesses otherwise his bail will be revoked.

“The defence counsel Mr Bisi Salau who is from the chambers of Mr Lanre Ogunlesi, a reputable Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) has undertaken to drop his qualifying certificate to ensure the defendant report to court,” she said.

This case was adjourned till Nov. 25 for further hearing.

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Anambra Police Burst Kidnap Syndicate, Arrest Two Kingpins

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The Anambra State Police Command says it has smashed a kidnapping syndicate terrorising the state, and arrested two suspected top members.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Haruna Mohammed, a superintendent of police (SP) said Saturday that the arrest followed a fierce gun battle with the criminals.

Mohammed said that police also recovered one revolver pistol, four live ammunition, and a victim’s body.

He said the gun battle between the police and the syndicate took place on Friday, at Owerrinta, Abia State.

According to him, the shootout took place when the abductors came to collect N3 million ransom from the victim’s family.

“Following actionable intelligence, Puff-Adder operatives, in conjunction with the Command’s Special Anti robbery Squad (SARS), tracked and arrested at Aro Ngwa, Owerrinta in Abia State, one Anthony Robbert ‘m’ 25 years.

“Robert was arrested alongside one Udoka Nwoko ‘m’ 27 years, after a fierce gun battle.

“The two suspects were fatally wounded during the encounter,’’ it said.

The command’s spokesman said the encounter followed the kidnap of one Amaechi Ike ‘m’, at Awada in Onitsha, Anambra.

“The suspects later collected N3 million ransom from his family, and still went ahead to kill the victim (Ike),” he said.

Mohammed stated that the suspects voluntarily confessed to the crime and immediately took Police detectives to a shallow grave, where they buried the victim.

He said that the corpse was exhumed and recovered as exhibit and later deposited at a morgue.

The PPRO said that police recovered one locally-made revolver pistol and four live ammunition from the suspects.

He said the suspects had since been taken to the hospital for medical attention; and they would be charged to court after investigation.

The PRO used the medium to re-assure the public of Anambra Commissioner of Police, Mr John Abang’s readiness to combat crime in the state.

He appealed to residents to always provide useful information that would assist the Police in protecting lives and property of all citizens.

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NAF Chopper Crash: Reps Summon Chief Of Air Staff

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The House of Representatives committee on Air Force has described as unfortunate the ugly incident involving an Air Force training helicopter which crashed in Enugu on Thursday.

Chairman, House Committee on Air Force, Hon. Shehu Koko, in a press statement, however, thanked God that no life was lost and assured of the House of Representatives determination “to investigate the remote cause of the ugly incident to avoid future reoccurrence.”

According to him, “the House Committee on Airforce upon hearing the sad incident that occurred on the 14th of November involving a Training Nigeria Airforce Helicopter Crash in Enugu State wishes to thank God that no life was lost.”

According to an official post on the NAF Twitter handle, “a training helicopter belonging to the Nigerian Air Force had crashed in Enugu State after returning from a routine exercise.”

The report stated that the crash occurred on Thursday with some casualties, even as the cause of the incident is still unknown.

The tweet reads: “NAF helicopter suffers mishap upon landing in Enugu.

“Helicopter has crashed on landing in Enugu after a routine flight today. Fortunately, there were no fatalities or injuries to any crewmember or persons on the ground.

“@CAS_AMSadique has directed that a board of inquiry be constituted to determine the cause of the accident.

“@NigAirForce continues to solicit the understanding and support of the general public as it daily strives to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians,” the tweets read.

Hon. Koko said: “however, as members of parliament, particularly the House of Representatives committee on Air Force is disturbed that such incident occurred at a time when the Air Force had assured the Parliament and the nation that the force was fully prepared to take on insecurity head-on and bring an end to it in collaboration with other sister agencies.

“The Committee which has pledged its full support under the leadership of the Speaker Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila is deeply saddened about this unfortunate situation.

“We, therefore, invite the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar to brief the Committee on the immediate and remote causes of the crash.

“The date for the interface shall be communicated through the Secretariat in due course,” Hon. Koko explained.

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Kogi Decides: Election Marred By Ballot Box Snatching, Vote Buying, Beating Of Journalists, Observers, Others

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The ongoing governorship elections across the 21 Local Government of Kogi State including that of Kogi West Senatorial election has been marred with ballot box snatching, vote buying, beating of journalists and observers by suspected political thugs.

DAILY POST gathered that, there was disruption of the election process at Lokoja Club Close to A Division as some fully armed thugs dressed in Police uniform invaded the polling unit to cart away the ballot box to an unknown place.

Similar incident played out in Crowder Memorial College, LGEA Secretariat Open Space, NEPA, LGEA Primary School Ganaja, Kabawa Area open Space, Adankolo, Open Space Miami Market all in Lokoja as journalistsd and observers who were on ground to cover the election all scampered for safety when the armed men arrived the polling units without resistance by security agencies on ground.

Some journalist observers within this period, suffered the beaten of their lives especially those caught making attempt to cover their nefarious activities using Camera, and Smart phone.

DAILY POST also gathered that the election across the 21 LGA recorded massive vote buying as voters were induced with money ranging from N500, N1,000, N3,000 and N5,000 respectively.

In other areas in Kogi West, aside Lokoja Local Government Area, there was heavy shooting at Ayetoro ward 1 unit 004 where Dino Melaye voted this morning

Less than an hour after he left the voting unit, some hoodlums in two Hilux vans and a Honda Civic stormed the place, shooting into the air and targeted the ballot box.

The ballot box was eventually taken away while some boys in the community chased the vehicles with no success.

In the East, there were shootings and snatching of ballot boxes in some polling units in Dekina Local Government Area.

Some of the areas affected are CMM Primary School, Eti Aya ward 1 Anyigba, and Yale.

Sources said voting were going on well when thugs shot sporadically and hijacked the ballot boxes and left with them.

It was learnt that voters scampered for safety.

Similar incident was also recorded in other LGA’s such as Ofu, Ankpa, Olamaboro LGA where it was gathered that phones of journalists and observers were seized by a particular party agent to prevent them from recording the election process.

Meanwhile, Gift Omoniwa, Executive Director, Search for Common Ground, who is an observer escape death by the whiskers.

The Executive Director was on election observation in Ganaja polling unit when hoodlums held her hostage, and attacked her vehicle.

It took the intervention of good Samaritans and security agencies to rescue her from the hands of her attackers.

According to report available to DAILY POST, Gift Omoniwa, was attacked when she drove a Siena bus alongside his team to the polling units without following due process.

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