The Lagos State Police Command has debunked rumour making the round that Don-Chima George and his friend, Rasaq Oluwaseun Oke who were arrested for raping a lady in the Lekki area of Lagos have been released.
Don-Chima George, 25, and his friend, Razak Oke, 28, who allegedly drugged and raped a lady they took to the club were arrested by the police after the victim’s brother reported the incident.
However, social media went agog on Thursday, February 7, with accusation that the police had freed the two suspects.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, however, in a statement on Thursday denied the allegations saying the duo are still in Kirikiri prison.
The statement says the duo were lawfully arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction and at no point were they granted bail by the police or the court.
He said, “The attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to the news making the rounds on the social media, Instablog9ja in particular, that the son of the owner of Dellankester Hotels and Suites, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, one Don-Chima George, 25, and his friend, Razak Oke, 28, who were accused of raping their female friend after drugging her, have been set free, because the police collected bribes from their parents.
“The Lagos State Police Command hereby states that the accused persons were arraigned before the Family Court 3, Ogba Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, for the offence of conspiracy and sexual assault by penetration to wit; rape.
“That after the charge was read to the accused persons, the honourable court remanded them in prison custody pending legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions and the case was adjourned till March 7, 2019;
“That the accused persons will be produced in court on March 7, 2019, and that the accused persons are currently at the Kirikiri Prison.”
The Command, therefore, wishes to advise members of the public to be wary of fake and unsubstantiated news emanating from rumour mills and enjoins the press to always cross check with relevant agencies before publishing.