By Ekene Agbor, Osogbo
A member of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, Imran Olalekan has been arrested by men of Osun state Police command for allegedly raping a 17-year-old female Senior Secondary School student (name withheld) of Saint Charles Grammar School, Osogbo.
Olalekan, aged 24, is one of the security guards in the public school. He was said to have forcefully had carnal knowledge of the girl in an office used by security men in the school.
It was gathered that the suspect, had gagged and stripped the victim before raping her. The suspect, it was learned, threatened to kill the victim if she narrate her ordeal to anyone.
But the female student rebuffed Olalekan’s threat and narrated how the suspect raped her in the morning, after she had arrived her school early.
Explaining further, the victim said: “I was in school early with my friend. Mr. Olalekan made sign that one of us should come. Initially, I didn’t know I was being called. But he pointed at me and I went to him. He grabbed my dress. I wore a shirt on my school uniform and because of that, Olalekan threatened to punish me.
“I immediately knelt down and started begging him. He then pushed me inside their office. Because it was still early, no student was near the office. He asked me if I was a virgin or I owned a mobile. I told him I didn’t have a phone.
“Despite pleading with him to let me go, he pulled my skirt and blocked my mouth with his hands and raped me. When he finished, he warned that if I tell anyone, I would die.
“When he left me eventually, I went home and told my parent what had happened. I am not his girlfriend. He raped me and nearly all of them (Peace Corps men) working in our school used to sleep with students. Though some girls befriend Peace Corp people without being forced.”
Responding to questions from newsmen, Olalekan said he was not a full member of Peace Corps yet but added he was posted to the school to learn from PCN members working in the school.
Though he initially denied raping the victim, claiming he only romanced her, he later admitted sleeping with her but not that he forced her into the act.
Olalekan said: “When I called her, I told her I loved her and she didn’t talk. I slept with her but I didn’t force her. She is not my girlfriend. This is the first time this would happen.
Speaking with newsmen on Wednesday, the Police Public Relations Officer, Osun police command, DSP Folasade Odoro, said preliminary investigations revealed the suspect had intercourse with the victim.
She added that the suspect would be taken to court as soon as investigation into the crime was concluded.