- A student of Babcock Unversity identified as James Aguedo has been denied bail by Justice Abiola Soladoye of an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court
- Aguedo alongside seven others allegedly gang-raped a student of the University of Lagos (name withheld)
- The alleged victim says she was videotaped during the act and blackmailed with the video and further gang-raped on other occasions by the suspects
Justice Abiola Soladoye of an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court has denied bail to a student of Babcock University, James Aguedo, accused of involvement in gang-rape of a student of the University of Lagos (Unilag).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Soladoye in a ruling on Thursday, April 18, said 20-year-old Aguedo did not provide compelling circumstances as to why the court should grant him bail.
Legit.ng notes that the judge said: “The essence of bail is to ensure the defendant’s attendance at trial. In deciding an application for bail, certain factors must be taken into consideration such as the nature of the charge and the evidence adduced.
“Grant of bail of a defendant in a criminal offence is not automatic, it is at the discretion of the court.
“I am, therefore, of the view that the application before the court has not shown any compelling or exceptional circumstances to warrant the court exercising its discretion in favour of the applicant.
“The application for bail is hereby refused, and the court shall give this case accelerated trial; I so hold."
Aguedo’s counsel, Lawal Pedro (SAN), had on March 25, prayed the court to granted his client bail to enable him to write examination at the Babcock University in April.
He also submitted that the undergraduate suffered from ill-health and needed constant medical attention.
The counsel said: “He has a recurring back ailment. We brought not just a medical report but the history, because he has been attending an orthopaedic hospital.
“The prison facility is not conducive for him."
Pedro had attached Aguedo’s school identity card and admission letter to the bail application dated March 13.
Also attached were a National Orthopedic Hospital, Igbobi, Yaba, Lagos, appointment card, history of medical examination and a St Dominic’s Catholic Church’s letter of recommendation.
The student is standing trial alongside Moboluwaji Omowole, 19, Chuka Chukwu, 19, Peace Nwankama, 19 and Osemeka Josephine, 20.
The defendants were charged with serial gang-rape of a Unilag student (name withheld).
According to prosecution counsel, Fehinti Ogbemudia, the defendants committed the gang rape sometime in 2017 within the premises of Unilag.
The alleged victim had on February 26 testified that she was lured by Nwankama who was her roommate to High Rise, a staff quarters hostel, in Unilag.
She said she was gang-raped at High Rise by eight students, and that the sexual assault was video-taped.
According to the alleged victim, she was also blackmailed with the video and further gang-raped on other occasions by the defendants and their accomplices who are now at large.
The five defendants were remanded in the Kirikiri prisons since February 26, when they were arraignment.
The case has been adjourned till May 2 for continuation of trial.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that operatives of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) arrested six men involved in an assault of a young Nigerian female as shown in a video that went viral.
In the video that went viral on Wednesday, February 6, the men forcefully dragged a naked lady to the ground, spread her leg and put powdered pepper in her private parts, while she screamed for help, begging them to stop.
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