A 24-year-old woman (name withheld), on Wednesday, narrated to an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court how she was allegedly drugged by her friend in a nightclub and gang-raped in a hotel in Lekki, Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the woman, the first prosecution witness, testified in the trial of two dropouts of Babcock University: Don-Chima George (25) and Olusegun Rasak (28), charged with rape.
Led in evidence by Dr. Jide Martins, Director of Public Prosecution of Lagos State, the witness told the court that she was invited to Kabaal Nightclub situated at Ikoyi, Lagos, by George who was her friend. She told the court that George gave her a glass of Hennessey and Coca-Cola to drink, saying that the drink was the only one she had at the club before she dropped off George at the De-Lankaster Hotel.
“When I went into the reception area, I found a mutual friend of ours called Foluso; he was pretty drunk. Being the person that I am, I decided not to let him stay in the reception area. I helped him and took him up to Chima’s room. I knocked on the door and I did not hear anyone answer, but I opened the door because the door was already open because it was bad. I got my friend inside the room and put him on the bed. After I got him on the bed, I kept talking to him to make sure that he was okay.
“While he was lying down, I was watching a movie on my phone and from that moment, I could not recollect anything because I passed out, which was out of the ordinary because I usually remember when I fall asleep,” she said. At this point, she broke down in tears, narrating how in her subconscious state, she was allegedly gang-raped by George and Razak. She said she left the hotel in tears, shock and confusion and did not want to go home in her traumatised state and that she informed her trusted friend called Musa and his girlfriend, Seyi, about the alleged incident.
“He informed his older sister, Bisoye, and they all rallied and went to the hotel. They went with a police escort. When we got there, I stayed inside the car and they went to get them inside the hotel,” she said. NAN reports that the defendants are alleged by the police to have committed the offence on February 3, from around 05:00am to around 07:00am at the De-Lankaster Hotel, Lekki Phase I, Lagos. While at a nightclub, the defendants allegedly mixed the complainant’s drink with a substance that rendered her unconscious. The police alleged that the defendants took turns to rape the woman in the hotel and videotaped the sexual offence.
Justice Abiola Soladoye adjourned the case to June 13, for continuation.