The Ondo State Police Command has reportedly arrested five men who were said to have gang-raped two teenage girls, videotaped the crime scene and posted it on social media to further debase their victims.
Vanguard identified the alleged rapists as Olabanji Femi, Abiodun Ayodele, Fadairo Wahab, Bode Akinsiku and Adedayo Adebayo.
It was gathered that the suspects, now in prison custody, tortured their victims before they were gang-raped and mindlessly invited some other men to sleep with the girls.
Sources in the police said the suspects, during interrogation, alleged that the girls stole from one of them after they were invited for a party.
In their bid to punish the girls, the suspects were said to have tortured, gang-raped and videotaped the scene and posted the recording on the social media.
Other sources claimed that the girls denied the allegation of theft levelled against them by the suspects.
It was also learnt that four girls had been lured to a party at the residence of one of the suspects.
All of the four turned up but two sensed danger and left almost immediately. The two girls, who stayed, it was gathered, were the ones who allegedly became victims of the alleged inhuman treatment by the suspects.
Narrating her ordeal, one of the girls said: “They stripped us naked, seized our clothes and recorded the rape scene. They threatened to take us to the street naked.”
“They lured us to the area around noon, held us hostage for several hours during which they did all that pleased them with us. They freed us in the evening and we reported the matter to one of my brothers who vowed to get the video and report the matter to the police.”
“Though family members of the suspects begged us and promised to pay us huge sums of money for the rape and torture we were subjected to, my brother got the video recording and reported the matter to the police”.
The Ondo State Police Command supported the victim’s brother’s claim when it alleged that some powerful individuals were making efforts to frustrate the matter by threatening witnesses.
Femi Joseph, the Command spokesperson, confirmed the pressure from powerful groups in the town.
“We are facing a lot of pressure on the matter”, he told the news outlet.
Joseph said that some “powerful forces in the town” were doing everything possible to frustrate the case “but the command is determined to get justice for the raped girls”.
“They have tried so much to kill the case but we did not allow that. Now they are working behind the scenes to ensure that they (victims) don’t come to court with the hope that if they don’t come to court, the case would die a natural death”, he added.
“But we assure that the case will be prosecuted and the girls will be adequately protected to ensure that they are present in court. We will ensure their presence in court at the next date of adjournment.
“The girls are not in police custody but safe.
“They have been deliberately taken away from the public glare so as not to be accessible to the people who are pressurising them.
“The girls are not missing. We are facing a lot of pressure on their matter, but, on our part, we are assuring of their safety, nothing will happen to them. This is a case of national interest and we need them to diligently prosecute the case”.