A five-man gang who allegedly raped two ladies (names withheld), one of whom is a leading model in Lagos, were yesterday ordered to be remanded in prison custody by a Lagos Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Ogba.
They were remanded in prison custody by Chief Magistrate K.O. Ogundare pending when their bail conditions will be met.
The defendants who included Gabriel Obinna a.k.a Venessa,19, Nnadozie E.Akabueze, 20, Hector Ugochuwku, 31, Chinedu Ezechukwu, 21, and Balogun Godwin, 25, were arraigned by the police before the court on an eight count charge bordering on rape, abduction and stealing.
Police prosecutor, Superintendent Joe Egbo told the court that the defendants allegedly committed the offence on July 25, 2016 and August 8, 2016 against the model and the other ladies at their usual hang out, Happy Hour Hotel, Agege.
Egbo told the court that three of the defendants, Obinna, Ugochuwku and Akabueze allegedly abducted and unlawfully had sexual intercourse with the model (names withheld) without her consent.
He also alleged that the defendants stole N50,000, one i-phone valued N150,000 and a gold chain valued N8,000.00, which totaled N208,000, property of their victim.
The three defendants were again alleged to have conspired with two other defendants, Ezechukwu and Godwin on August 8, 2016 abducted and unlawfully had sexual intercourse with another girl (names withheld) at the same hotel in Agege without her consent.
The defendants were also alleged to have stolen a sum of N10, 000 from their second victim.
Superintendent Egbo told the court that the offences committed by the defendants were contrary to and punishable under sections under sections 258(2), 266, 278(1)(b), 285(5) (b) 409 of the criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
When the charges were read to them by the court registrar, all the defendants pleaded not guilty.
Counsel to the defendants, Mr. Kayode Rufus prayed the court to grant them bail as stipulated in the law.
He urged the court to grant bail to his clients on liberal terms assuring that they would not jump bail.
Police prosecutor, did not raise any objection to the defendants’ request for bail.
Chief Magistrate, Ogundare granted the defendants bail in the sum of N250,000 each with two sureties in the like sum and who must be their blood relations.
He said the sureties must have verifiable houses in Lagos State and must be gainfully employed but not self-employed while their residential addresses must be verified.
The case was adjourned to August 29, 2016 for hearing.