Four friends of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo and Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, and a barber who were arrested for allegedly raping a female student and making a video of the incident, have claimed the girl exposed them because they failed to pay her the agreed money.
The barber, who is said to be a friend of the victim’s boyfriend, Solomon Timilehin, allegedly made his room available for the alleged rape.
The other suspected rapists are Olagbaju Tobi, Adetuyi Olakunle, Adeyemi Adebisi and Eric Nwage.
The suspects were said to have used the video recording to blackmail their victim into having sex twice after the initial rape before she opened up.
Police report said that “after they raped her, they released her with a threat that they will use charm on her if she revealed the incident to anyone.”
The suspects were arrested and taken to the Ondo Divisional Police Station and thereafter transferred to the state police headquarters in Akure.
While parading them alongside other suspects of various crimes, the suspects denied that she was raped
They claimed that she consented to their demand for sex for a fee.
One of the suspects, Adetuyi Olakunle, who recorded the alleged gang-rape, said they decided to do so “to make sure the incident was not reported to the school authorities or law enforcement agencies.”
Olakunle added, “I recorded the video so that the girl will not be able to tell anyone.
“I was afraid that she might report to the school authorities if the scene was not recorded.”
Also confessing, the victim’s boyfriend, Timilehim, a 200-level sociology student, said “I invited her to my friend’s house so that they could help us settle our misunderstanding.
“She called me when I was in class to say she wanted to see me; I had not seen her for a while. I took her to the house of one of my friends so that we could settle our differences.
“When we were in the room, one of my friends called her and was doing a lot of things to her.
“Later we agreed to have ‘fun’. As we were having fun, one of my friends came in, he had sex with her.
“The second one came, later the third and fourth came to make love to her. I was not feeling fine when they were having sex with her.”
Another suspect, Nwage, said, “It was Tobi that promised the girl N20,000 before she consented to having sexual relationship with us.
“It was no rape but mutual sexual relationship.
“The girl and Tobi agreed that they will give her N20, 000 but Tobi did not have any money to give. He only deceived her. The girl was asking for her money.
“We gave her N500. It was because we did not give her the money we promised that made her to report to the school authorities.
“The girl agreed to take money initially but we failed to give her money.”