Afeez Ogunbowale, a student at Lagos State University (LASU), has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for his role in the armed robbery and rape of two fellow LASU students.
On April 18, 2018, at Okokomaiko area of Lagos, Ogunbowale, who has been suspended by LASU over the matter, allegedly committed the offence with others who are still at large.
The two rape victims claimed that the attack cost them their virginities when testifying in court on November 4, 2019. The victims, who said they were robbed of their phones, power banks, earpieces, gold chains, and N1,200 by five guys but raped by two members of the gang, Ogunbowale and another who is still on the loose, said they were able to identify the criminal who raped them.
Though it was alleged that the suspect confessed to the crime and prostrated to beg for forgiveness when confronted at the police station, he however denied involvement in the crime and gave an alibi to the court. He claimed he was in school preparing for an examination which was to begin in May 2018 on the night of the attack.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of Ikeja Special Offences Court who passed judgement on the case on Tuesday June 29, said Ogunbowale was found guilty of conspiracy, rape and armed robbery.
Taiwo held that the prosecution proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt and further noted that the testimony of the victims was compelling.