A 70- year – old landlady at Abule Lemode , Ijoko , Ogun State, has revealed her cruel encounter with a 25- year – old truck driver, Wasiu Bankole , who allegedly barged into her apartment and raped her .
Reports learnt that Bankole , who resides in the community, was drunk when he forcefully entered the woman’ s house around 11pm on Tuesday.
Bankole reportedly overpowered the woman who was asleep and had sex with her .
The septuagenarian told our correspondent that Bankole covered her mouth, adding that she mustered strength to scream for help.
“ The man (Bankole ) came to my house at night .
He forcefully entered my room and raped me .
He covered my mouth so that I would not be able to seek help.
I was the only one at home ; my tenant was not around.
I know him as a resident of our community.
“ I was struggling to resist him but he overpowered me .
I eventually managed to scream and people who heard my voice came to chase him away .
I don’ t know what would have happened to me without the intervention of my neighbours , ” the woman recounted her ordeal .
Our correspondent gathered that one of the neighbours , who came to the woman’ s rescue, Ayoola Oluwasegun , hit the suspect on the back with a stick to let go of the victim .
He was said to have reported the case at the Agbado Police Station and the Divisional Police Officer , SP Kuranga Yero , led a team that launched a manhunt for the suspect .
It was learnt that the team arrested Bankole the following day and recovered his clothes and a torch he abandoned at the woman’ s apartment while he escaped.
“ The suspect was arrested following a report by the victim who reported at Agbado Division that while she was sleeping in her house on June 2 , 2020, the suspect suddenly broke into her room, held her down and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her against her consent .
“The victim stated further that it was one of her neighbours who heard her scream that came to rescue her by using a stick to hit the suspect on his back consequence upon which he jumped off her and ran away leaving his clothes , shoes and torch inside her room, ” the Police Public Relations Officer in the state , DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi , said in a statement on Thursday .
The statement added , “ On interrogation , the suspect confessed to committing the crime but claimed to have acted under the influence of alcohol .
The victim has been taken to the hospital for medical attention.
“ Meanwhile , the Commissioner of Police , CP Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to anti – human trafficking and child labour unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and diligent prosecution . ”
Bankole in a chat with our correspondent admitted to being drunk but denied raping the woman. “ I swear , I didn’ t have sex with the woman, ” he declared .
Asked how his belongings got into the woman’ s apartment, he said he had no idea.
He stated , “ It was some vigilantes who beat me with sticks .
I am a truck driver.
The only thing that is not clear to me is how my clothes got into her room .
It appears someone wanted to frame me up.
I was drunk but I didn’ t have sex with her .
I knew the woman through my landlady .
She normally visits my landlady . ”
Oluwasegun , explained that he caught Bankole molesting the old woman.
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He said , “Around 11pm , the woman’ s neighbour came to call me and some youths that she (the victim ) was in distress .
When we got there , we met the man (Bankole ) on top of the woman.
I used a stick to hit him on the back and he fled.
The mark of the stick is on his back . ”
In recent days , there has been a wave of protests against rape in the country following the gruesome murder of a 100 -level student at the University of Benin, Uwaila Omozuwa , after she was raped in a church.
Less than a week after Omozuwa ’ s plight, another student undergoing a National Diploma programme in Science Laboratory Technology at the Federal College of Animal and Production Technology , Moore Plantation, Apata , Ibadan , Oyo State, Barakat Bello , was raped and hacked to death by some robbers .
Also , three armed men allegedly gang – raped a 17-year – old hawker at the Oja -Oba Market , Ado – Ekiti, Ekiti State on Monday .
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