Mmodel (name withheld) has been gang-raped by three men, including her ‘female‘ friend who she met on a social media last month.
The incident occurred 10 days ago in the Agege area of Lagos when the model was tricked to come for a formal introduction with the parents of her ‘female’ friend who goes by the name – Vanessa, with the profile name of VeeVee Love on the social media, before she can seal a modelling agreement for a cloth line.
The alleged rapists, who are in police custody at Isokoko Police Station include Akubu Ezechukwu, Godwin Balogun and Ugochukwu Eso.
The model told members of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) last week that she met Vanessa, who, she thought was a female, on Instagram and that they started chatting and afterwards, exchanged addresses.
She said Vanessa claimed to be a graduate of Coventry University in United Kingdom and that she intended to start a cloth line in Nigeria and would like her to be modelling for her.
According to her, the woman, who unknown to her is a man, calls her frequently to discuss business and personal issues, using a magic voice application, which made him to sound like a woman.
Hence when her ‘female’ friend invited her to meet her parents before they could seal the business deal, she did not hesitate but agreed to honour the invitation based on the friendship they had established over time.
On the fateful day, the victim said she took a taxi from Oshodi to the address given to her by Vanessa in Agege. On getting to her destination, she was ushered into the building by the gateman who was sent to bring her in.
Though she suspected the building was not residential immediately she entered the premises, she still followed the gateman inside because she had no reason to doubt her new found friend.
On climbing the stairs to the upper floor, she was met by three men who pushed her into a room and increased the volume of the television to the highest level so that no one could hear her.
The victim said at this stage she realised that she had been deceived and that she had been chatting with a man and not a woman.
She said her captors beat her and took turns to rape her throughout the period she was held captive in the building between noon and 7pm.
She said her captors asked her to provide N2 million before she could be released.
She said she called some friends who helped to raise N50,000 which was later withdrawn from her account along with her balance with her Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card by her captors.
On regaining freedom, she said she went to Area ‘F’ Police Command, Ikeja where the matter was first reported but got no help.
From there, she went to Mirabel Centre at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja for medical examination and treatment and from where her matter was referred to DSVRT, which immediately intervened and referred her to Family Support Unit of Isokoko Police Station where she made a written statement on her ordeal to the police.
On Monday, the efforts of the police paid off as the perpetrators were traced to an hotel in Agege area where they usually hanged out and were subsequently arrested and detained
On Tuesday, the police carried u an identification parade and the victim identified the three men from the five persons who were caught in a room with another victim.
During investigation, the suspects allegedly confessed to the crime and disclosed that they had no female member in their gang but used a magic voice application to deceive their victim.
DSVRT Coordinator Mrs Lola Vivour-Adeniyi said the suspects would soon appear in court on conclusion of police investigation.