22-year-old tricycle operator, Rasaq Tahoeed, has been arrested by the police for allegedly robbing and raping his female passenger(name withheld) in Ogun State.
The suspect was arrested following a distress call received by the policemen at Ifo divisional headquarters at about 4a.m on June 20 that a middle-aged lady who boarded a tricycle from Iyana Coker in Ifo raised an alarm that the tricycle operator was taking her to an unknown place for a reason not known to her.
Upon receiving the distress call, the DPO Ifo division, CSP Kehinde Kuranga quickly led his patrol team to the scene where the suspect was promptly arrested.
On interrogation, the victim explained to the police that she boarded the tricycle from Pakoto bus stop going to Iyana Coker but the suspect suddenly brought out a locally made pistol with which he threatened to shoot her if she didn’t cooperate. She stated further that the suspect took her to Olose Primary School Ifo where he raped her at gunpoint.
The victim said that after raping her, the suspect also dispossessed her of her money before putting her back to the tricycle and started heading to another direction. But on getting to Aritameje area, she sighted some people and she raised an alarm which led to the arrest of the suspect.
The state police spokesperson, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident said the suspect confessed to the crime. He said the tricycle and one locally made pistol were recovered from him.
He added that the state Commissioner of police, CP Lanre Bankole, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the state criminal investigation and intelligence Department for discreet investigation.
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