By Abimbola Ogunnaike
The Ogun State Police Command has arrested one Adebola Sodiq, said to be a member of the National Youth Service Corps, for allegedly raping a 20-year-old girl in Owode Egba, Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state.
Sodiq, who is currently in police custody, was arrested on Friday, 12 May, 2023 following a report lodged at the Owode Egba divisional headquarters by the victim.
The State Police Spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said that the corps member is a boyfriend to the victim’s close friend.
The victim had told the police that Sodiq had on Tuesday, 9 May, 2023, visited her apartment, where she lives with her co-workers, asking her to go with him to the village junction so as to buy her a gift for her recently celebrated birthday.
Oyeyemi quoted the girl as saying that while going, the suspect told her he needed to visit the premises of the school, where he is serving, in order to pick up his wallet.
“On getting to the school compound at Agbajege village, the suspect forcefully dragged her to his room, where he had unlawful carnal knowledge of her despite her pleading and crying for mercy,” Oyeyemi stated.
The police image maker explained that the DPO of Owode Egba division, CSP Olasunkanmi Popoola, acted on the report and immediately ordered detectives to go and arrest the suspect.
“On interrogation, he confessed to the commission of the crime but claimed that he didn’t know what came over him as at that time,” Oyeyemi said.
According to him, the state Commissioner of Police, Olanrewaju Oladimeji, has directed that the transfer of the suspect to the State CIID for further investigation and possible prosecution.