A 22-year-old 400 level student of the University of Lagos identified as Oluwaseyi Anyiam, has been dragged before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly defiling a fellow student.
Anyiam is studying Actuarial Sciences and lives at Ogundare Street in Aguda, Surulere, Lagos.
The police officer in charge of the matter, Inspector Simeon Imhonwa, told the court earlier that the accused committed the offence at Alaogomeji area of Ebute-Meta, Lagos on August 3 around 2pm.
He explained, “The accused had forceful carnal knowledge of the victim, without her consent.
“The accused had earlier invited the victim to an eatery at Alaogomeji, but on getting there, he told her that he forgot something at his house and they should both go to pick it.
“When they got to the house, they met some of Anyiam’s friends at home playing loud music; so, they excused themselves and went into the room.”
The prosecutor said that the accused offered the victim a drink which she declined and in the process, he started touching, kissing and inserting fingers into her private part.
“The victim struggled with the accused, but it was fruitless because of the loud music his friends were playing and his threat.
“He eventually had carnal knowledge of the victim without her consent.”
Imhonwa further explained in the court that the case was brought by the authorities of the University of Lagos to the office of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the offence.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. B.O. Osunsanmi, in her ruling, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000 with two reputable sureties with verifiable addresses.
She said the sureties must provide evidence of two-year tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
She referred the case file to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for advice and adjourned the matter to October 19.