Justice Abiola Soladoye of the Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offenses Court has refused the bail application of three students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) accused of the alleged gang-rape of one of their fellow students.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Justice Soladoye ruled that, due to the grievous nature of the offence, the court, using its discretionary powers, will deny the three students bail.
Soladoye 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 stated.
Moboluwaji Omowole, Chuka Chukwu and Peace Nwankama, are facing three counts charge of defilement of a child, permitting the defilement of a child in a premises and procuration.
On the 18th of April, 2019, a co-defendant, James Aguedo, a 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 the 2nd of May, 2019. She adjourned the case until May 2 for trial.
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