The Lekki rape victim whose ordeal led to a nationwide outcry, has moved to withdraw her case against the ‘big boys’ who gang-raped her.
The Lekki rape victim who moved to withdraw her case against the ‘big boys’ said to be dropouts of Babcock University; Don-Chima George and Olusegun Razak who gang-raped in a hotel owned by George’s dad, said her decision was due to the “intervention of family members” and for the sake of her integrity.
However, Mr Akin George, a Deputy-Director in the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) and lead state prosecutor who opposed the complainant’s request after the letter dated June 3, 2019 was read during proceedings at an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court on Thursday, stated that they do not have a directive from the office of the Attorney-General (AG).
“We do not have a directive from the office of the Attorney-General (AG). My lord, the Honourable AG is the complainant in this case. In every criminal matter, victims are naturally witnesses and as we speak, there is no AG in office due to the change in power. We are also aware of the rules of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL) which states that even the Court of Appeal cannot stay an ongoing proceeding.
Our office initiated this action in court and there has to be a closure one way or the other. My lord, we have submitted issues for the respective decisions of this court. We will bring the witness to state her position before the court, while we continue proceedings and await directives from the AG’s office,” George said.
However after listening to the submissions of the prosecution and defence, Justice Soladoye who adjourned the case to June 18 for continuation of trial, said that the court would continue with proceedings, and that bail would not be granted to the defendants because the court had already delivered a ruling denying them bail.