Chief Superintendent of Police, Dolapo Badmus, has reacted to accusations by Twitter users that rape suspects, Don-Chima George and Razak Oluwaseun Oke have been released from custody.
Dolapo Badmus in a press statement revealed that the story was false and that the men are still in custody.
Press statement from CSP Dolapo Badmus, PRO Zone 2 Police command
The attention of the Nigeria Police Force Zone 2 Command covering Lagos and Ogun State has been drawn to the news going round that two suspects Don-Chima Enyinnaya George and Olusegun Rasak arrested in connection with a case of rape at Lekki area of Lagos has been released. On receipt of the report, the AIG in charge of Zone 2 , AIG Lawal Shehu ordered an immediate enquiries into the “report“! It was subsequently discovered that it’s a false allegation that is not only baseless but was purposely concocted by an unscrupulous element to smear the image of the police.
The two suspects who were alleged to have forcefully had carnal knowledge (sexual intercourse ) of a lady (name withheld) were arraigned before the special offences court of Lagos State (Family court 3) on 6th day of February 2019 on charges of Conspiracy, Sexual Assault and Rape, consequently they were reminded in prison till the next adjournment date..(facts can be cross checked with the court and Prison service)
The command hereby warn that mischief makers should desist from toying with sensitive issues especially that of this magnitude (RAPE) as it will not fold its hands to allow such occurrence. Investigation into this “fake report” is ongoing as person(s) behind it will be fished out for proper actions.
CSP DOLAPO BADMOS
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
ZONE 2, LAGOS.
Consequently the Lagos State police command has also released a statement on that vein, the statement reads:
The attention of the authorities of Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to the news making the rounds on the social media, that the son of the owner of Dellankester Hotels and Suites, Lekki Phase one, Lagos, one Don Chima George,25, and his friend, Razak Oluwaseun Oke, 28, who were accused of raping their female friend after drugging her, have been allowed to go scot free because the police collected bribe from their parents.
The Command wouldn’t have wasted time debunking the spurious allegation but for the sake of the good people of Lagos State who have keyed into the Community policing agenda of the Force, being propagated by Lagos State Police Command, hereby states that the accused persons, one Don Chima George and his partner in crime, Oluwaseun Oke were arraigned in Family Court 3, Magistrate Court, Ogba, yesterday, Wednesday, February 6, 2019, for the offence of conspiracy and sexual assault by penetration to wit, rape; that after the charge was read to accused persons, the honourable court remanded them in prison custody pending legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecution; that 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 in Kirikiri prisons.
In summary, the duo, Don Chima George and Oluwaseun Rasak Oke, were lawfully arraigned in a court of competent jurisdiction and at no point were they granted bail by the police nor the court.
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.