Two chinese men, Chen Gang, 47 and Zhao Weidong, 31, who are employees of China Civil Engineering Construction Company, were arraigned at the Ebute Meta Magistrate’s Court, Lagos State, for allegedly conspiring to rape a 20-year-old Nigerian lady, Oluchi Chukwuemeka.
It was gathered that both the accused and the victim were co-workers and the incident was said to have happened at Railway Compound in the Ebute Meta area of Lagos.
According to report, Chen had made several sexual passes at Oluchi, who ignored them and she was said to have reported the harassment to the policemen guarding the company. On the night of September 15, 2013, Chen was said to have lured her into the store, locked the door and forcefully began to take off her clothes. She began shouting, which drew the attention of people nearby, including the policemen.
The second defendant, Weidong, was said to have rushed to the store and seized the girl’s phone and dumped it in the toilet but a policemen, ran after him and recovered the phone in the water closet.
Both men were arrested and arraigned on Wednesday on a seven count charge of attempted rape, sexual harassment, indecent assault, perversion of justice and willful damage of Oluchi’s handset.
The prosecutor, Inspector Moses Uaedmuvbo, said the offences were punishable under Sections 260, 262, 134(2), 170, 91, 97, 348 of the Criminal Code Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.
Gang and Weidong pleaded not guilty.
The magistrate, Mrs. M.O Tanimola, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of 100,000 with two responsible sureties who must be gainfully employed with evidence of tax payment. The matter was adjourned till October 17.
Source: Punch Nigeria