10th September, 2015
Two Lagos security guards, who allegedly gang-raped a teenage girl, are on temporary reprieve of N1 million bail on the orders of an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.
The accused, Gabriel Vincent, 26, and Anthony Oguche, 25, who reside at Akowonjo near Egbeda, a Lagos suburb, are facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, abduction and rape.
The Magistrate, Mrs Bola Osunsanmi, who granted them a bail of N500,000 each, also directed the men to produce two responsible sureties in like sum.
She ordered that their files should be duplicated and sent to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Both denied the charges.
But the prosecutor, Insp. Simeon Imhonwa, insisted that the security guards committed the offences on Aug. 27 at 5.00 p.m. at their office at Santos Ventures, Akowonjo Roundabout.
He said the pair lured the 15-year-old girl into their room at the security post and held her hostage for several hours.
“They held her in their room against her will, manhandled her and then raped her that evening.”
The offences contravened Sections 137,141, and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 137 provides imprisonment for life, while Sections 141 and 409 prescribe two years for abduction and conspiracy respectively.
The magistrate adjourned further hearing in the case to Oct. 26.