An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Tuesday slammed a N350,000 bail on each of two friends, Tunde Komolafe (29), and Grey Owolabi (32), for allegedly raping a 35-year-old woman.
The Magistrate, Mr A. A. Adesanya, granted the accused bail after they had pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Prior to adjourning the case till Sept. 21 for mention, Adesanya ordered that the accused should also produce two sureties each, as part of the bail conditions.
Komolafe, a security guard and Owolabi, a civil servant, both residents of No. 26, Adeojo St., Ikeja, Lagos, are being tried for conspiracy and rape.
According to the prosecutor, Insp George Nwosu, the duo allegedly committed the offences on Aug. 8 at their residence.
He said that the accused conspired to rape a 35-year-old woman, one Miss Kehinde (surname withheld), in turns.
Nwosu said that the first accused, Komolafe, invited the complainant to his house to pick up a package claimed to have been sent to her by someone.
“Komolafe, who had been trying to date the complainant, without her consent, conspired with his roommate, Owolabi, to commit felony.
“When the complainant came, Komolafe handed over the said package to her, but when she was about to leave, he locked the room.
“He ordered her to remove her clothes, but when she refused, he brought out a knife, threatening to stab her.
“Kolawole pushed her onto his bed, forcefully removed her clothes and had sexual intercourse with her.
“After raping her, he seized her clothes and locked her inside.
The prosecutor said that Komolafe went outside and handed over the complainant’s clothes, underwear and key to the second accused, Owolabi.
“He told Owolabi to go inside and do likewise.
“The second accused went inside the room and also threatened to stab the complainant with a knife, if she refused to comply.
“He also raped her, before releasing her underwear and clothes to her.
“When the complainant later got to her house and opened the said package, she found a junk of rubbish all wrapped up in it,’’ he said.
The offences, Nwosu said, contravened Sections 258 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011, with Section 258 stipulating life imprisonment for convicted offenders.