Justice Abiola Soladoye of an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court has refused the bail application of three students of the University of Lagos accused of the gang-rape of a fellow student.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Justice Soladoye ruled on Monday that, due to the grievous nature of the offence, the court, using its discretionary powers, will deny the students bail.
She also noted that there were no compelling nor exceptional circumstances provided in their applications that will warrant bail being granted to them.
“The applicants are denied bail and this honorable court shall give this case accelerated hearing,” Justice Soladoye said.
The students — Moboluwaji Omowole, 19; Chuka Chukwu, 19; and Peace Nwankama, 19, face three counts of defilement of a child, permitting the defilement of a child in a premises and procuration.
On April 18, a co-defendant, James Aguedo, a 20-year-old student of Babcock University’s bail application was also denied by the court because he did not provide compelling circumstances to warrant bail being granted to him.
The ruling on the bail application of another co-defendant, 20-year-old Josephine Osemeka, will hold on May 2.
NAN reports that Omowole, Chukwu, Nwankama, Osemeka and Aguedo are facing three counts of defilement of a child, permitting the defilement of a child in a premises and procuration.
They denied the charges.
The complainant had, on February 26, testified in court that she was lured by Peace Nwankama, who was her roommate, to High Rise, a staff quarters hostel at UNILAG.
She said she was gang-raped at High Rise by eight students and the sexual assault was video-taped.
According to her, she was also blackmailed with the video and further gang-raped on other occasions by the defendants and their accomplices who are now at large.
The five students have been remanded at the Kirikiri Prisons since February 26, the day they were arraigned for the alleged offences.
Justice Soladoye adjourned the case until May 2 for trial.