Alleged Gang-rape: Court denies varsity dropouts bail
An Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court has denied two dropouts of Babcock University, Don-Chima George and Olusegun Rasak, bail for allegedly drugging and gang-raping a 24-year-old woman in a hotel in Lekki, Lagos.
The judge, Abiola Soladoye, while ruling on their bail application, said the applicants had not provided any compelling circumstances which would warrant them being granted bail.
“It is without any doubt that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty as provided for in Section 36(5) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
“Notwithstanding this, the court is still vested with the duty to consider the weight of facts in the affidavit placed before it viz-a-viz the charge and proof of evidence placed before the court.
“In exercising my discretion, I am, therefore, of the considered view that the applicants have not placed any compelling or exceptional circumstances to warrant this honourable court to exercise its discretion.
“Bail is denied to the applicants and this honourable court shall give this case accelerated hearing,” Justice Soladoye said.