The police in Lagos state have arrested two men, Desmond Quadri, 24 and Richard Orji, 25, for allegedly raping a woman in the Ajah area of the state. The duo were said to have broken into the unnamed lady’s apartment after they alleged that they saw her in the nude from a distance as her window blinds were apart.
The Punch gathered that the suspects had attended a party together where they had some bottles of alcoholic drink.
After gaining access into her room, Orji was alleged to have stabbed the 32-year-old lady in the shoulder and thigh and dispossessed her of her phones, Ipad, perfumes and other personal effects, after which the suspects allegedly took turns to rape her for about half an hour before leaving her for dead.
Residents were said to have taken her to the hospital and reported the matter at the Ajah Police Division from where the case was transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, State Department of Criminal Investigation, SDCI, which began trailing the suspects.
The suspected rapists were said to have been caught after selling the victim’s phones.
A source revealed to the newspaper that the suspects, after committing the crime, fled and thought that was the end of the case.
“They sold one of the woman’s phones to someone. We were able to track the phone and got that person arrested. The buyer led us to them. They did not deny the crime,” the source disclosed.
The state Commissioner of Police, CP, Fatai Owoseni, confirming the incident, said the victim was in the hospital and was responding to treatment.
The CP said, “The woman was taken to the hospital after the incident and she is responding to treatments. The suspects will be taken to court latest tomorrow.
One of the suspects, Quadri claimed to be a graduate of Business Administration from a polytechnic in Ogun State, however, his accomplice, Orji, said he hailed from Delta State and studied Banking and Finance at a polytechnic in Delta State.
Orji said they took her phones, tablets, and other effects and took turns to rape her.
“We were drunk. I cannot say if it was the drink or something else. But I can tell you that we allowed the devil to take complete control of us,” he said.
Quadri, an indigene of Abia State, said they were drunk on the night of the incident, adding that he had no criminal record and had never abused a woman in his life.
The 24-year-old said, “It was around 10pm on Sunday night at Ajah that the incident happened. We went for a festival and became drunk. We later felt we should go to a hotel to have another drink.
“On the way, I went to a nearby bush to defecate. After I was done, we saw that the house opposite the bush had no gate or any form of security. We decided to enter the building. We observed that there was a lady in her room alone. We saw that her kitchen did not have any burglar-proof bar, so we entered through the kitchen. I was outside watching to know if anybody would come, while Orji was inside.
“It was Orji who stabbed the victim with a knife and she screamed and I immediately went inside to join him,” Quadri added.