A large crowd which gathered at the Oyo State Police command, Eleyele Ibadan watched in disbelief as a 65-year old man, Akinlolu Ogunlade, claimed that pressures from an 11- year-old girl made him to keep her as sex slave for four days. According to him, he had rejected many invitations from the girl before he finally succumbed.
While being paraded by the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Leye Oyebade, who described the suspect as a serial rapist, Ogunlade said, “I am 65 yrs old and I work as a plumber. I was arrested at Akobo area. The little girl came over to me and started disturbing me to have sex with her and I told her that she was too small. I told her she could not do something of such but she replied by telling me that she could do it.” “I thereafter had sex with her two times and kept her in my custody just for four days.”
When asked if he did not have a wife, he said, “I am married but my wife is dead and I have only one child”. The police alleged that the suspect specialised in abducting teenage girls and keeping them in his hideout as sex slaves. Narrating how the old man committed the alleged offence, the CP said: “The victim, “Bisi (surname withheld)”, aged 11, left home on May 27 at about 8pm for a church vigil at Abidi-Odan area, Akobo, Ibadan but did not return home on Saturday and all efforts to locate her whereabouts proved abortive.” “However on May 30, at about 1630, police detectives, based on information, traced the victim to the hideout of the suspect at Abidi- Odan area of Akobo, Ibadan where his victim was rescued.”
Also paraded was an alleged ex-convict, Lekan Adewale, a.k.a Asumo, who had been on the police wanted list for some time. The police said, “Lekan, who had been on the police wanted list, was said to have been arrested with one black Toyota Rav 4 jeep with reg No. GGE 68 EC after being sighted along Idi-Ape/Iwo Road, Ibadan. “He, however, confessed to belonging to a three-man gang of armed robbers who had been responsible for series of armed robbery operations within Ibadan especially at challenge, Iwo Road and Mokola.” The robbery suspect told Sunday Vanguard what led him to robbery. “We are a three-man gang and I am an electrician but bad friends led me to this. I bought the black Toyota Rav 4 jeep at Cotonou late last year for N2.2m. The larger chunk of the money I got from my robbery operations was used to purchase the car”.
Police detectives attached to Ashi Police Division also arrested a two-man armed robbery gang which robbed one Dr. Mrs Yetunde Aluko in Samonda area, Ibadan. The suspects are Kelvin Eluwa, 31, and Adegboyega Tunji, 31. According to the police, the alleged bandits scaled the fence to gain entry into the house of their victim at about 8pm; hibernated in the compound till early morning when their victim came out. In a commando style, they dislocated her left arm, forced her inside, robbed her and other members of her family”. The victim, Aluko, narrated how the suspects attacked her. She said, “I woke up that day around 7am and opened the door to the kitchen just to step into the compound. I noticed a strange cloth beside my car and so I wanted to check what it was. Then, I saw two strange men right inside my compound with knives and broken bottles in their hands. They actually wanted to stab me and I shouted blood of Jesus. I was trying to retreat from them and then one of them held my hand and twisted my hand to the back. Immediately, I was destabilised and I was pushed inside the house. Thereafter, one of my children woke up and saw me through the window and apparently thought it was a mad person that entered into the house. One of them later broke a bottle on the floor and asked my daughter and I to lie on it and he rushed into the study room and started packing all the laptops, trinkets, phones. “When they were leaving, they asked for my car key but they couldn’t start the car. They later locked me and my daughter inside the car and we had to break the window to come out”. The suspect, Tunji who claimed to be a university graduate, said, “My area is not far from where Kelvin usually comes to eat. I ventured into this as a result of extreme hunger and poverty. I just finished from OAU where I studied economics. I served at Ahmadu Bello University. I tried my best in getting a job but I couldn’t get any. I used to go out and teach some children but some of them will not pay me. We never planned to rob that day; we were only feeling hungry and my colleague told me that there was a rich man in that area and that a party would hold over there. On getting there, we discovered that the party did not hold. So, we decided to try our luck on the woman”. The police alleged that one Segun Adekola, 30 , was a member of a ‘one-chance’ robbery gang who invaded a filling station along Omi Adio, Apata, Ibadan and dispossessed the attendants and customers N44,725, two Nokia phones worth N12,000, two Tecno phones worth N25,000 and one Sony phone estimated to cost N53,000. “However, luck ran out on him when police operatives were alerted of their operation and this led to the arrest of Segun while others escaped into a nearby bush,”the CP said.