Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court, Ikeja, Lagos has denied Josephine Osemeka, a female undergraduate of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), bail over her alleged involvement in the gang-rape of a fellow student.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Osemeka, through Mr. N.J. Edechime, her counsel, had filed a motion on notice seeking her release on bail in the most liberal terms.
Justice Abiola Soladoye, in a brief ruling, however, denied the student bail due to the gravity of the offence, saying that “bail pending trial is a constitutional right to the accused person”.
“The court has considered the facts in the affidavit evidence before it; bail is discretion of the court which must be granted judiciously. I have considered view that due to the seriousness of the offence, bail is denied to the applicant,” she added.
Osemeka is charged with four others on a three-count charge of defilement of a child, permitting the defilement of a child in a premises and procuration.
NAN reports that the complainant had on Feb. 26 testified that she was lured by her roommate to High Rise, a staff quarters hostel in UNILAG. She said she was gang-raped in the hostel by eight male students and sexually assaulted by Osemeka, adding that the gang-rape and assault was videotaped.
The Judge adjourned the case until June 27 for continuation of trial.
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