- One of the perpetrators charged for defiling a student of the University of Lagos has asked court to grant him bail
- The perpetrator, 20-year-old Aguedo, who is student of Babcock University, asked court to grant him bail to enable him write his exam
- Aguedo and four others are standing trial for serial gang-defilement of a UNILAG student within the premises of the institution
Lawal Pedro (SAN), counsel to James Aguedo, one of the students charged for gang-defilement of a student of the University of Lagos (Unilag) on Monday, March 25, appealed to an Ikeja domestic violence and special offences court to grant the student bail to enable him to sit for an examination.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 20-year-old Aguedo, a student of Babcock University, is standing trial alongside Moboluwaji Omowole, Chuka Chukwu and Peace Nwankama, all aged 19, as well as Josephine Osemeka, 20.
The defendants are alleged to be among some students involved in the serial gang-defilement of a Unilag student (name withheld), in 2017, within the premises of the institution.
Pedro prayed the court to allow Aguedo to write the examination scheduled for April by granting him bail.
He said: “By April, he is to start his examination in Babcock University; we urge your lordship to exercise discretion on the most compassionate grounds and grant the defendant bail for him to take part in the examination."
Earlier, while addressing the court, Pedro submitted that Aguedo had a health challenge and was charged with a misdemeanor.
He added: “The defendant is suffering a recurring back ailment. We brought not just a medical report, but the history, because he has been attending an orthopaedic hospital."
Responding, the lead prosecution counsel, Fehinti Ogbemudia, prayed the court to deny the defendant bail.
Ogbemudia said: "The prosecution submits that the application for bail lacks merit and should be refused."
Following the submissions, Justice Abiola Soladoye adjourned the case until April 18 for ruling on the bail application.
NAN reports that Aguedo and his four co-defendants are facing a three count charge of defilement of a child, permitting defilement of a child in a premises and procuration.
They, however, denied committing the offences. The alleged victim had on February 26 testified that she was lured by Nwankama, who was her roommate to High Rise, a staff quarters in UNILAG.
She said she was gang-defiled at High Rise by eight students, adding that the sexual assault was video taped.
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According to the student, she was also blackmailed with the video and further gang-defiled on other occasions by the defendants and their accomplices who are now at large.
NAN reports that all the defendants were remanded at the Kirikiri Prisons, Lagos, on February 26 – the day they were arraigned.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a 15-year-old boy identified as Ernest defiled a 4-year-old girl in Ebonyi state. The culprit was said to have been kept in charge of safe-keeping the victim, Jennifer Iteze and her siblings while her parents left to their different places of work.
It was during his watch that he allegedly abused Jennifer who reported to her father that the 15-year-old had penetrated her and she was feeling several pains as she tried urinating. Her dad, Sunday Iteze immediately rushed to see a physician at Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki who confirmed that she had been abused.
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