A victim of Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, has narrated how a member of the notorious billionaire kidnapper’s gang tried to rape her in a car.
Narrating her ordeal at the hands of the gang, Miss Piriye Gogo said it was her monthly menstrual flow that saved her from being raped by 33-year-old Emeka Obasi.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of Ikeja High court, Lagos State on Monday heard that Evans, Obasi and another gang member, 32-year-old Kelvin Emenike Ukoh, had accosted and abducted Miss Gogo and her shipping agent employer, one Ugoje Jude, on August 3, 2012.
While being led in evidence before the court, Gogo disclosed that during the abduction, one of the kidnappers, Obasi, came into the car, after dragging her boss out for negotiation at an undisclosed location, and started fondling with her breast.
“He came into the car, tore my clothes, pulled down a side of my bra and began caressing my breast. He thereafter started dragging down my shirt and I began begging him. I begged him until I had nothing else I could plead with. I begged him intensely for mercy and even told him that I was menstruating.
“It was as though all my pleas fail on deaf ears, I had to insert my hand into my vagina just to show him. The blood I showed him prevented him from raping me. It was a terrible experience.
“He, thereafter, asked whether Mr.Jude was the owner of the company. And I replied that we were just clearing agents. They also seized our mobile phones, jewellery and money.
“They blindfolded Mr. Jude, brought him back into the car, asked me to face down with my eyes closed, and then drove off to another location. They spoke Igbo almost all the time so I could barely understand what they were saying or taking us to.
“While driving off to the other location, they asked if I could drive, I said no. So they dropped down from the car and took Mr Jude with them. They ordered me to face down and not look at their faces or I will be shot dead. They abandoned me and the Honda pilot car at 2nd bridge alongside expressway, where I waited until I saw a police patrol and flagged them.”
Also testifying, Jude said his abductors initially ordered him to pay N10m for his release but after negotiations, they collected N5m.
Justice Taiwo convicted and sentenced Ukoh and Obasi to 5, 15 and 21 years for conspiracy, kidnapping and armed robbery respectively.