The hoodlums gained access to Joy’s apartment around 2am on December 26 after breaking the window, robbing her of three phones valued at N43,500 and a cash sum of N48,000, Ismail reportedly brought out a knife and ordered Joy, said to be in her mid 20s, to lie down. He was said to have raped her before he fled the building with his gang.
The robbers had converged at the back of the woman’s window earlier in the evening of the fateful day, smoking cannabis. She was said to have condemned the act and sent them away, warning them not to gather there again. They were reportedly angered by the act and vowed to deal with her.
It was reported that Joy was able to identify Ismail during the robbery and reported the incident at the Dopemu Police Division, leading to his arrest. Joy was directed to the Mirabel Centre, which attends to rape victims, where a medical test conducted on her confirmed that she was raped.
The suspects were arraigned before an Ogba Magistrates’ Court on three counts bordering on burglary and stealing. Ismail, in addition to the counts, was charged with rape. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the offences.
The magistrate, Mrs. T. Akanni, admitted Ajanaku, Inawole and Lawal to bail in the sum of N200,000, while Ismail was granted bail in the sum of N250,000 with two sureties each in like sum. The case was adjourned till January 25, 2016.