The police in Lagos have arrested a popular Fuji musician, Abass Akande, popularly known as Obesere, for allegedly raping a 29-year-old businesswoman, Olanike Olaiya, the Vanguard newspaper is reporting this morning.
Ms. Olanike said the musician raped her in his Okota residence, Lagos. But Obesere, according to the report, is insisting that Ms. Olanike was his lover and that they had sex as consenting adults.
According to the report, Ms. Olaiya, a National Diploma graduate of business administration from Ibadan Polytechnic, told the police that she knew Obesere through one of her friends, a certain Bola Okoro.
She said Ms. Okoro told her Obesere would assist in her business.
Vanguard quoted her as follows: “I deal in office equipment and when I contacted Obesere, he asked me to meet him in his family house at Okota.
“When I met him, I introduced my business to him and he promised to connect me to some of his friends in Dubai who would sell goods to me on credit.
“After the discussion, he started demanding for sex and I refused and when I wanted to leave, he insisted I should sleep over in his house because it was late and he claimed that it was dangerous to go out late in the night in his area.
“I thought he was a responsible man and I decided to sleep over, but at the dead of the night, he came into the room where I slept and pounced on me.
“He raped me and afterwards inserted a ring he wore into my private part and I started bleeding. He hurriedly left me in the room saying he had an appointment to fulfil.
“I could not bear the trauma and the bleeding and I reported the matter to the police.”
The report indicated Obesere was first arrested last Wednesday by operatives from the Isolo Police Division where Ms. Olaiya reported the matter.
He was subsequently released on administrative bail but later re-arrested on Monday, when medical examination conducted on Ms. Olaiya revealed that she was actually raped, the report says.
It added that the Divisional Police Officer, Isolo, Adamu Ibrahim, has now ordered the transfer of the matter to State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Panti, Yaba, for further investigation.
Vanguard quoted unnamed sources as telling it that Obesere was arrested after the police obtained a warrant of arrest from Isolo Magistrate Court following the musician’s reluctance to honour several police invitations sent to his house at Johnson Famiye Street, Canal Estate, Ago, Okota.
Obesere however denied ever raping Ms. Olaiya, the report quoted the musician as telling investigators. He insisted the woman was his lover and that they made love when she visited him.
The musician, the report added, claimed he asked her to go to a private hospital for treatment when she complained of bleeding, and that he was surprised that she instead went to the police to report that she was raped.