A youth, Babatunde Bashorun and two others, yesterday, pleaded not guilty before Magistrate S. K. Matepo of Tinubu Magistrate’s court, Lagos, after being charged with alleged kidnap and rape.
Babatunde, 20-year-old Aje Olumayowa, and Babajide Ajayi, 21, allegedly kidnapped, molested and posted unclad pictures of a female student of University of Lagos, Akoka on the internet, after she allegedly turned down love advances from one Babatunde Bashorun three months ago, at 1, Ajose Street, Enu-Owa area of Lagos Island.
The suspects are facing an eight-count charge of conspiracy, kidnap, rape, assault, taking of nude photographs and pasting same on the internet and attempted murder.
The police prosecutor, Supol Orji, told the court that the defendants committed the alleged crime on April 28, 2013 at about 7:30pm, at 1, Ajose Street, Lagos Island.
He also alleged that the defendants took turns to have carnal knowledge of the victim without her consent.
He said the accused indecently assaulted the victim by exposing her nude pictures which they took while they forced her in turns, to the public.
According to the prosecutor, the defendants threatened her, that if she reveals how she was r*ped, that she would be killed.
The prosecutor said the offence was punishable under sections 409, 269, 144 (1), 258, 135 (2) 150 (1) (2), 228 and 56 (a) of the criminal laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2011.
The defendants, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, were granted bail in the sum of N100,000 each, with two suerites each in like sum.
Magistrate Matepo further adjourned the case to October 2, 2013.