Crime and Security

UNILAG gang-rape: Absence of defence counsel stalls trial of 5 students

 

The absence of defence counsel at an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court has stalled the trial of five students accused of gang-raping and blackmailing a fellow student.

The five students, Moboluwaji Omowole, 19, Chuka Chukwu, 19, Peace Nwakanma, 19, James Aguedu, 20 and Josephine Osemeka, 20, all students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) were arraigned over defilement of a child, permitting the defilement of a child in a premises, and pro-curation.

As the proceedings went on, Thursday, the scheduled cross-examination of the complainant, name withheld, could not hold due to the absence of Mr Bisi Ademulegun, the new defence counsel to Omowole, the first defendant.

Ademulegun, had written to the court seeking for a short adjournment because he was Omowole’s new defence counsel and had just been briefed on the case.

He noted that on the day scheduled for the continuation of the trial of the students, he had a case before the Court of Appeal in Ibadan.

Mr Jide Martins, a Deputy Director of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and lead prosecutor in the case who reacted to the letter which was read in court by Justice Abiola Soladoye, requested that the trial should go ahead.

Martins noted that the DPP intended to re-arraign the students on fresh charges.

“I am of the view that the matter is due for hearing and the delay occasioned by the learned gentleman is unfortunate, as this case has been on since Feb. 26.

“There is also an amended charge before the court,” he said.

The defence counsel, however, did not oppose Ademulegun’s request for an adjournment.

Mrs Abimbola Akeredolu (SAN) the defence counsel to Chukwu (second defendant) in supporting the request for an adjournment said; an accused is entitled to representation by counsel.’’

“If a counsel is absent for cogent reasons, I do not know what the hurry is. We were just served with the amended charge on April 29, which was on Monday. We will not be opposing the adjournment.”

Mr Ben Aigbangbee, counsel to Nwakanma (third defendant) noted in his submission, that he was yet to be served with the amended charge by the prosecution.

Mr Lawal Pedro (SAN) counsel to Aguedo (fourth defendant) said that the new charge filed by the prosecution, had brought a “new twist” to the case.

“My brief was to represent the fourth defendant on pro-curation, which is a misdemeanor. The new charge has changed the context of my brief.

“In this new charge, if the young man is found guilty, he is liable to life imprisonment. I will have to consult my clients again, an adjournment will not be prejudicial in the circumstances,” Pedro said.

Mr N. J Edechime counsel to Osemeka (fifth defendant) noted that in the new charge, his client had an additional charge filed against her.

“I was served with the amended charge in court. Though it has a two-count charge instead of the one-count given to the fifth defendant, I will not be opposing the request for an adjournment,” Edechime said.

Reacting to their submissions, Martins said that contrary to what Aigbangbee said, the second defendant had been served with the amended charge by the prosecution.

“One Isaac Osuntuyi was served on behalf of the second defendant,” Martins said.

The complainant had on Feb. 26, testified in court that she was lured by Nwankama, who was her roommate, to High Rise, a staff quarters hostel at UNILAG.

The complainant said she was gang-raped at High Rise by eight students and the sexual assault was videotaped.

She also claimed to have been 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 Prison since Feb. 26, the day they were arraigned for the alleged offences.

Soladoye adjourned the case until June 27, for continuation of trial.

Comment With Facebook

Comments (137)

  1. Nice post. I learn something more challenging on different blogs everyday. It will always be stimulating to read content from other writers and practice a little something from their store. I?d prefer to use some with the content on my blog whether you don?t mind. Natually I?ll give you a link on your web blog. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hello there, simply become aware of your weblog through Google, and found that it’s truly informative. I’m gonna be careful for brussels. I will appreciate should you proceed this in future. Numerous other folks will likely be benefited out of your writing. Cheers!|

  3. Appreciate the recommendation. Will try it out.|

  4. Hi there! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any issues with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing months of hard work due to no backup. Do you have any solutions to stop hackers?|

  5. Violeta Shiflet is what’s written on her birth certificate and she totally digs that word. One of her favorite hobbies is solving puzzles right now she is hoping to building an income with it. Administering databases will be the his primary income is produced by and his salary has been really extremely rewarding. California is the place he loves most magnificent parents live nearby. You can always find his website here: #link#

  6. Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all folks you actually understand what you’re talking about! Bookmarked. Kindly additionally talk over with my web site =). We could have a hyperlink trade arrangement between us|

  7. There are certainly a lot of details like that to take into consideration. That is a great point to bring up. I offer the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly there are questions like the one you bring up where the most important thing will be working in honest good faith. I don?t know if best practices have emerged around things like that, but I am sure that your job is clearly identified as a fair game. Both boys and girls feel the impact of just a moment?s pleasure, for the rest of their lives.

  8. Good day! Do you know if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers? I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on. Any tips?|

  9. There are certainly a lot of details like that to take into consideration. That is a great point to bring up. I offer the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly there are questions like the one you bring up where the most important thing will be working in honest good faith. I don?t know if best practices have emerged around things like that, but I am sure that your job is clearly identified as a fair game. Both boys and girls feel the impact of just a moment?s pleasure, for the rest of their lives.

  10. The author’s name is Thad Shattuck. It’s not a common thing but what I love to doing is archery nonetheless can’t causes it to be my profession really. Puerto Rico is the my property is and I have everything which i need the following. Data processing is how I earn their living. I’m not good at webdesign however, you might in order to check my website: #link#

  11. Today, I went to the beachfront with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!|

  12. Nice meet up with you, I am Thomas Shattuck. Credit authorising is how she makes money but she intentions of changing out. His wife and him chose to reside in Vermont the particular husband will never move. Climbing just what I do every nights. I am running and maintaining a blog here: #link#

  13. Nice fulfill you, I am Thad. It’s rather than a common thing but what she likes doing is electronics and then she has time to take on new . I am currently a procurement officer and the salary is really doing. Vermont is where my home is and mother and father live nearby. You can find my website here: #link#

  14. Magali is the name her parents gave her but she never really liked that name. Researching fashion is something his wife doesn’t really like but he does. I used to be unemployed nevertheless I am a hr assistant but soon my husband and i will start our own business. He’s always loved living in Vermont. I’ve been working on my website temporarly now. Try it here: #link#

  15. There are certainly a lot of details like that to take into consideration. That is a great point to bring up. I offer the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly there are questions like the one you bring up where the most important thing will be working in honest good faith. I don?t know if best practices have emerged around things like that, but I am sure that your job is clearly identified as a fair game. Both boys and girls feel the impact of just a moment?s pleasure, for the rest of their lives.

  16. Lance Shattuck is whatever you can call me but obtain call me anything you like. Supervising is her profession. Puerto Rico may be the she and her husband live and she has all that she needs there. Climbing factor that he’s been doing for years. You can always find his website here: #link#

  17. Within the winter, a heat pump extracts heat from outside air and delivers it indoors.

  18. Nice to meet you, I am Thomas Shattuck. Credit authorising is how she makes money but she plans on changing so it. His wife and him chose to call home Vermont and will never move. Climbing precisely what I do every year. I am running and maintaining a blog here: #link#

  19. Magali could be the name mother and father gave her but she never really liked that name. I used to be unemployed nevertheless I am a hours assistant but soon my spouse and i will start our own family based business. He’s always loved living in Vermont. Researching fashion is something his wife doesn’t really like but he does. I’ve been working on my website for quite a while now. Prove it for yourself here: #link#

  20. Heya i’m for the first time here. I found this board and I find It truly useful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to give something back and aid others like you aided me.|

  21. The name of writer is Rhett Shattuck but he never really liked that named. Supervising is generate income support our neighbors and I do not think I’ll change it anytime fast. To play curling is something I’m going to never quit. Years ago he moved to Puerto Rico but he must move any his family members. You can invariably find her website here: #link#

  22. “After going over a few of the blog posts on your blog, I seriously like your technique of writing a blog. I added it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back in the near future. Please visit my web site as well and tell me your opinion.”

  23. This post will assist the internet users for setting up new blog or even a weblog from start to end.|

  24. Great post. I used to be checking constantly this weblog and I’m inspired! Extremely useful info particularly the last section 🙂 I deal with such info much. I was looking for this particular info for a very lengthy time. Thank you and best of luck. |

  25. Hi, just wanted to mention, I liked this article. It was helpful. Keep on posting!|

  26. Nice to you, I’m Thomas Shattuck. Credit authorising is how she makes money but she plans on changing information technology. His wife and him chose to reside Vermont the particular husband will never move. Climbing is what I do every monday. I am running and maintaining a blog here: #link#

  27. If you are going for finest contents like I do, just pay a visit this web page every day since it presents feature contents, thanks|

  28. Nice to meet you, I am Thomas Shattuck. Climbing just what I do every number of. Credit authorising is how she makes money but she plans on changing things. His wife and him chose to reside Vermont when he will never move. I am running and maintaining a blog here: #link#

  29. Thanks for finally writing about > blog_title < Loved it!|

  30. Very good site you have here but I was curious if you knew of any forums that cover the same topics talked about here? I’d really love to be a part of group where I can get responses from other experienced people that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Thank you!|

  31. I just want to say I am beginner to weblog and really liked this blog site. More than likely I’m planning to bookmark your website . You surely have terrific well written articles. Thank you for sharing your webpage.

  32. I simply want to say I’m newbie to blogging and site-building and actually liked this web site. More than likely I’m likely to bookmark your blog . You absolutely have amazing articles. Thanks a bunch for sharing your web-site.

  33. This blog was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something that helped me. Kudos!

  34. There is certainly a great deal to find out about this subject. I like all of the points you have made.

  35. I would like to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this site. I am hoping to view the same high-grade blog posts by you later on as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my very own website now 😉

Comment here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.