Two suspected rapist brothers, Adebayo Tosin, 25, and Adebayo Opeyemi, 19, have been arrested by the police in Ogun State.
The arrest followed the alleged gang-raping of a girl, 19, while hawking palm oil along the Secretariat Road in Imeko.
Narrating how the palm oil hawker was raped, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Okoye Ikemefuna, said she was stopped by one of the suspects under the pretext of wanting to patronise her.
“It was in the process of negotiation that the boy forcefully dragged me into a place where other boys numbering five joined him and tore my underwear and illegally had carnal knowledge of me,’’ the commissioner quoted the rape victim as having said.
The police commissioner further stated: “On receipt of the information, detectives from the Imeko Division immediately raced to the home of the suspects and arrested two of them while other gang members escaped.”
Ikemefuna, who said efforts were on to arrest the fleeing gang members, advised the public to be more security conscious and ready at all times to collaborate with the police to make sure “we sustain the existing sound security networking in the state.”
In a related development, a suspected ritualist in Ago-Iwoye, Ijebu North Local Government Area of Ogun State is now with the police after he was caught with human abdomen and other vital parts.
Jimoh Olorunwa was caught after he allegedly excavated a grave and dismembered an unknown corpse buried in the Christian cemetery in the town.
Addressing a press conference yesterday, Ikemefuna said nemesis caught up with Olorunwa following a formal complaint lodged with the police in the town by chairman of the Christian Committee.
When he reported to the police, the Christian Committee chairman had told the police that when he visited the cemetery on a routine check, he discovered that some graves had been broken into and he suspected foul play by some ritualists.
According to the police boss: “On receipt of the information, surveillance was mounted within the cemetery area and this led to the arrest of one of the ritualists at the cemetery with human flesh (abdomen).”
He added that the suspect confessed to the crime and mentioned one Abore, of Odosinusi area of the town, who was currently at large, as an accomplice.
Olorunwa said: “I regret my action and I was pushed by the devil and the harsh economic situation in the state and in the country. I lost my job as a carpenter many months ago and I was lured into the business by a friend who is now on the run.”
Ikemefuna said efforts were on by his command to arrest the fleeing suspects, while assuring residents of the state that security would be beefed up at most cemeteries.