Olusola Owolabi, a 200-level student at the Lagos State University (LASU), is currently in police net for allegedly raping a female friend. Owolabi is not the only one that will be taking to the court, soon, over the rape charge proffered against him. Tayo Adewale, 19 years old last Thursday, is also being quizzed by policemen from Festac Division ofthe Lagos State Command, over his alleged culpability in theact. Both friends were alleged to have raped a20-year-old hotel waitress, identified simply as Sandy, while threatening her with knife if she refused their demand. The act reportedly occurred on the day that millions ofNigerians were celebrating the 51st Independence anniversary of the nation from foreign rule......
Sandy was not subjected to the physical smear of being gang-raped for upward four hours alone; she also reportedly suffered psychological trauma as the alleged principal culprit in the act, Owolabi, allegedly took her nude pictures threatening to have them pasted on her social network (facebook) page if she told anyone of the incident. Sandy, who is reportedly currently out of job after being fired from the hotel she worked, claimed she knew Owolabi in the hotel she once worked as stewardess around Festac Town, Lagos. Both Owolabi and Sandy soon became friends. On several occasions, both Owolabi and Sandy exchanged telephone conversation, but unknown to the Anambra Stateborn lady, Owolabi had otherplans. On that fateful day, Sandy recalled that she went on job search at Surulere are of the state and was returning home when Owolabi’s call came in.
The undergraduate reportedly asked her to see him at his house for good news he had for her. Since Owolabi had promised to be on the lookout for her for a job, the poor Sandy headed straight to a major hotel at Ago Palace Way, Okota, where Owolabi told her he was meeting with some elderly friends who could be of help toher. Sandy begins her story: “I had problem inmy place of work because I did not showup, owing to my father’s illness and I was sacked and in the course of looking for a job, I went to Surulere last Friday and on my way back home, Shola called me on the phoneand invited me over to Century Hotel, Ago Palace Way. I went because I needed someone to pour my heart to.” Owolabi would later changed tunes when Sandy arrived, asking her to come with him to his uncompleted apartment house not too far from the area. Owolabi reportedly prevailed on his femalevisitor to walk him home to allow him change his clothes.
Not sensing danger, Sandy followed Owolabi home. She continued her story: “But when I got to his house, he started delaying and before I knew it, he approachedme, wanting to fondle me and but I refused. Then all of a sudden hestarted hitting me and dragging my cloth while his friend, Tayo started unzipping my trousers.” Sandy recalled how Adewale (Owolabi’s friend) pounced on her and pinned her hands to the ground, and Owolabi unfasten her jeans belt.
At a point, she becameweak and watched helplessly as Owolabi had carnal knowledge of her against her will. Sandy denied that Owolabi ever asked herout before that incident. She maintained that she was only a friend to the undergraduate-rapist. Her words: “He (Owolabi) started rightfrom 3pm and ended at about 7pm nonstop. My entire plea fell on deaf ears. He even brought out a knife and threatened to kill me saying nothing would happen at the end of the day. When he was done, I could not wear my cloths because they were in shreds. He gave me histo wear home and warned me not to tell anyone threatening that if I did, he would paste my nude picture on Facebook for all to see. But I summoned courage and told my cousin and together we went to the hospital where I was given some medication.” Unfazed by his threats, Sandy informed the police at Festac Division and a manhunt was launchedfor the two rapists, while the Divisional Police Officer, Usman Ndanbabo immediately swung into action to apprehend the culprits.
Two days later, Adewale was apprehended while the,Owolabi, fled the neighbourhood to evade arrest. Barely a week after, Owolabi also landed in police net. In his statement, Owolabi confessed to his crime, but claimed his love and affection for Sandy made him forcefully have canal knowledge of her. His words: “ I am a shy person and can hardly talk to any lady. But the first day I set my eyes on Sandy, I told my friend with whom Iwent to the hotel thatI wanted her for keepsand even begged one of the ladies with us to help collect Sandy’s telephone number and she did. Since then, I have been calling her on the phone until last Friday.
When she came aroundat the hotel we met before going to my house, I had taken some bottles of alcohol and an energy boost.” Owolabi also blamed his insane attitude on cold weather. He continued, By the time she came it was drizzling and I asked her to accompany me home to change my clothes. But I did not know what got over me while in the room.