A Yaba Chief Magistrate Court has remanded two students of the University of Lagos, UNILAG for attempting to rape their course mate.
The students identified as Ikedi Okpanlnedu (21) and Samuel Idongesit (20) are facing a five-count charge of conspiracy, assault, impersonation, attempted rape and threatening violence.
Speaking on the case, the prosecuting counsel, Sgt. Modupe Olaluwoye told the court that the undergraduates invited the victim who was their course mate and a makeup artist to a hotel room and attempted to rape her.
According to Olaluwoye, the offences were committed on Monday, April 1, 2019 at Peace land Hotel, Folagoro, Lagos State around 4:40pm.
She said the defendants promised to introduce the makeup artiste to a person who needed her service, but attempted to rape her on arrival at the hotel room.
She said; “My lord, they strangled her because she was calling for help. It was a hotel staff, Mr Ohaeri Godlove, who heard her screaming and called the hotel security.
“Okpanlanedu claimed to be an army personnel, and threatened to stab her with a knife he was holding, if she would not co-operate with them.
“The knife was recovered from the crime scene, and we intend to tender it in evidence,” she added.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges, and were granted bail by Chief Magistrate Peter Ojo in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties each in like sum.
Ojo directed that the sureties must be gainfully employed and possess evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The case was then adjourned until June 26 for mention.