An Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court on Tuesday remanded five students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) for allegedly defiling a minor.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the students are; Moboluwaji Omowole, Chuka Chukwu, Peace Nwankama, James Aguede and Osemeka Josephine.
They all pleaded not guilty to a three-count charge of defilement of a child, permitting the defilement of a child in a premises and procuration.
Mrs. K.A. Momoh-Ayokambi, said the defendants alongside others who are at large, committed the offence in January 2017 at the premises of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, Yaba, Lagos.
NAN reports that the arraignment of the students which was to initially hold on Sep. 24, 2018 was stalled on two occasions, due to the absence of Daniel Ugochukwu, a UNILAG student who was to be charged alongside the others.
On Jan. 30, Mr. Chukwudi Nneke, the counsel to Ugochukwu told the court that the student was absent due to ill health and was receiving treatment in the eastern part of the country.
Mrs. Fehinti Igbemudia, the lead state prosecutor had disputed Nneka’s claims stating that the defendant was fleeing from justice as there was no proof of Ugochukwu’s ill health.
Following the plea of the defendants, Justice Sururat Soladoye, ordered that they be remanded in the kirikiri medium prisons. She however adjourned the case until March 18 for hearing of the bail application.
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