No fewer than Six students of the University of Lagos, who allegedly gang-raped a 17-year-old female student of the Institution were on Wednesday granted reprieve by a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The Six students were released on a N6 million bail.
The accused are: Simeon Omowole, 18; Randy Chukka, 17; Samuel Oyefara, 18; Peter Adeboyega, 17; Chuka Chukwu, 19; and Peace Nwakanma, 18 (a female).
The 6 accused of the rape act pleaded not guilty to a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy, rape and sexual harassment.
Anthonia Osayande,the prosecutor told the court that the offences were committed sometime in January at High-Rise, University of Lagos.
Osayande added that the accused persons with another man who is still at large conspired and raped a 17-year-old fellow student.
Osayande said that Nwakanma, the only female among the accused persons, was the one that lured the girl to where she was raped.
She said: “The six students sexually harassed the girl with video clips in order to intimidate her.
“They all had sexual intercourse with the 17-year-old without her consent.”
The offences contravened Sections 137, 140, 260 (2), 264 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 (revised).
The Chief Magistrate, A. Ipaye-Nwachukwu, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
Ipaye said one of the sureties must be a blood relation of the accused, while the second surety should be a civil servant of not less than Grade Level 14.
Magistrate, A. Ipaye-Nwachukwu also directed the sureties to provide an evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The magistrate adjourned the case to May 18 pending advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions.