Ogun Police arrest two herdsmen for alleged rape, robbery

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Fasilat Oluwuyi

The Ogun State Police Command has arrested two herdsmen, Abu Adamu and Muhammed Aliyu for allegedly robbing a family and raping its 16-year old daughter in its farm settlement in Ewekoro local Government area of the state.

Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi made this known in a statement on Sunday.

Oyeyemi said the herdsmen were arrested on September 9th following a distress call by the Police at Ewekoro Division headquarters of the state.

The PPRO stated that the suspects invaded the farm settlement at Afowowa Gbelu village in Ewekoro local Government area of the state and attacked a family living in the farm settlement.

He disclosed that the suspects ransacked the house of one Aminat Okeshola stealing the sum of N140,000 and also took her 16- year old daughter to a cassava plantation where they forcefully raped her.

Oyeyemi said “The suspects ransacked the house of one Aminat Okeshola, dispossessed the family of cash sum of one hundred and forty thousand (#140,000) after which they took a sixteen years old daughter of the family to the cassava plantation where they took turns to forcefully have sex with her.

” On the strength of the distress call, policemen from Ewekoro division swiftly moved to the scene, combed the entire area and succeeded in arresting two of the suspects who were hiding in the nearby bush on sighting the policemen, while the third one escaped.

“The two arrested suspects were immediately identified by the victims.”

According to the PPRO, preliminary investigation revealed that the herdsmen have always been passing through the farm settlement with their cattle in day time before they came back to strike on the fateful day.

Meanwhile, Oyeyemi said the State’s Commissioner of Police CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun has ordered a manhunt for the fleeing member of the gang and also directed the immediate transfer of the case to the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for discreet investigation and prosecution.

“The CP therefore warned that anybody who hid under any guise to commit crime will be dealt with in the most decisive manner as no criminal will be allowed to fester in the state.”

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