Six Unilag students charged with gang-rape, get N6 million bail

UNILAG

Six students of the University of Lagos, Unilag, who allegedly gang-raped a 17-year-old female colleague, were on Wednesday granted reprieve by a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

They were released on a N6 million bail.

The accused — Simeon Omowole, 18; Randy Chukka, 17; Samuel Oyefara, 18; Peter Adeboyega, 17; Chuka Chukwu, 19; and Peace Nwakanma, 18 (a female) — pleaded not guilty to a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy, rape and sexual harassment.

The prosecutor, Anthonia Osayande, told the court that the offences were committed sometime in January at High-Rise, University of Lagos.

‎She alleged that that the accused with another man still at large conspired and raped a 17-year-old fellow student (name withheld).

Ms. Osayande said that Ms. Nwakanma, the only female among the accused persons, was the one that lured the girl to where she was raped.

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

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

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

She also directed the sureties to provide evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

‎The magistrate adjourned the case to May 18 pending advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions.

(NAN)


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  • Netanyahu

    These idiots must be sent to jail as a deterrent. This is highly criminal, particularly with the female accomplice. The bail conditions are too lenient. Some of these boys from homes of treasury looters need to be taught a lesson once and for all.

  • Malik Isah

    Satan children

  • Amidu Haruna

    What a disgrace to their parents.

  • AbdulHamid Adiamoh

    I honestly think convicted rapists should be branded with hot iron. Rape is the worst form of violent violation I can imagine. A male that can be turgid about a woman in such a painful situation is not a man but a male goat. Justice would be to brand them with hot iron and spray pepper on the fresh wound. They won’t die but will never forget the pain just as the raped will never forget the humiliation. That would be justice; imprisonment for rape is a mere slap on the wrist.

  • Sir Louis

    Shameful and disgraceful. The students involved should be expelled and then handed over to the Police for prosecution.

  • Ola

    The government should send a very strong and stern message to all and sundry that rape whether gang or single will not be tolerated by prosecuting the case with all the seriousness it deserves and if found guilty sentenced to long and laborious term of imprisonment.