Thursday, October 31, 2013

Vigilante Officer Rapes Female Student, Colleagues Protest


An operative of the Ogun State Vigilance Service, Liasu Oyedele, has been arrested by the police for allegedly raping a female student of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta.
The 30-year-old vigilante officer was said to have committed the crime on Monday night at Alewenu village, adjacent the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE) headquarters.
It was alleged that the suspect accosted the victim, an ND1 banking and finance student of MAPOLY, who was on her way to a group reading session in preparation for the institution’s second semester examination around Onikolobo, Abeokuta.
It was gathered that the suspect was nabbed by passers-by and taken to the Ibara divisional police station, Abeokuta.
The victim (name withheld) was said to have been taken to an undisclosed hospital for medical attention.
Following the incident, students of the polytechnic staged a protest to the office of the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
The aggrieved students described the alleged rape as “barbaric” and called on the state government to urgently bring the suspected vigilance officer to justice.
The coordinator of Child Protection Network, Mrs Peju Osoba, who addressed the students, appealed to them to remain calm, saying, “It is a crime against the state and the Child Protection Network will ensure that justice is achieved,” she said.
The acting police public relations officer in the state, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the arrest of the vigilante officer and said he would be transferred to the state police command headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta for further investigation.

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