Court grants bail to six undergrads accused of gang-rape

Lagos, March 15, 2017 (TNE): A Surulere Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday granted bail to six undergraduates of the University of Lagos, accused of gang-raping a 17-year-old female colleague.
The accused — Simeon Omowole, 18; Randy Chukka, 17; Samuel Oyefara, 18; Peter Adeboyega, 17; Chuka Chukwu, 19; and Peace Nwakanma, 18 — pleaded not guilty to a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy, rape and sexual harassment.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Anthonia Osayande, told the court that the offences were committed sometime in January at High-Rise area of the  University of Lagos.
‎She said that the accused, with another man still at large, conspired and raped the teenager.
Osayande said that Nwakanma, the only female among the accused persons, had lured the victim  to where she was raped.
She further said:  “The six students sexually harassed the girl with video clips in order to intimidate her.

“They all had sexual intercourse with the 17-year-old without her consent,” she said.

The offences, she added,  contravened Sections 137, 140, 260 (2), 264 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (revised).

‎The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A. Ipaye-Nwachukwu, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500, 000 each with two sureties each in like sum.

‎Ipaye-Nwachukwu  said one of the sureties must be a blood relation of the accused, while the second surety should be a civil servant on  not less than Grade Level 14.

She also directed the sureties to provide evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
‎The case was  adjourned till  May 18 pending receipt of legal  advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions. (TNE)
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