They are Shola Owolabi, 28, Michael Lanre, 21, and Samuel Akpan 34. They however said it was not a gang-rape, insisting that it was consensual. They also claimed they recorded the act mistakenly.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said the men were fond of gang raping young girls, recording the act and uploading it to embarrass their victims. According to him, they confessed to the crime during interrogation.
Owolabi said he and Lanre met Akpan making love to the girl. His words:
“I went to Samuel’s house only to see him making love to the girl. When I entered my Akpan’s room, he just finished making love to her. I persuaded the girl to allow me sleep with her and she accepted.”
“I made love to her too. While I was doing it with the girl, Lanre walked in and brought out his phone and claimed he was using the torch on the phone to look for something in the room, but he was filming me as I was making love to the girl.”
“We were arrested in the act when the landlord of Akpan’s house, who heard the scream of the girl, went to report the matter at the police station.”
Lanre explained that he also had sex with the girl.
“We persuaded the girl to allow us to make love to her too which she consented to. We went only one round each. When I brought my phone out, I only wanted to use the torch, I never thought of filming them in the act. It was a mistake. I did not upload the video on the internet.”
On his part, Akpan said:
“I am a bus conductor. It was some boys in my compound that introduced the girl to me. The following day, she came to visit me and I persuaded her to allow me to make love to her which she accepted. My friends walked in and met us in the act. The room was dark, one of them wanted to use the torch on his phone.”
“He did not know that the camera was recording. It was when we got to the police station that they discovered the video on his phone. I am not happy to find myself in this situation. I don’t know what to tell my parents back home in Akwa Ibom State.”