A 22-year-old tricycle driver, identified as Razaq Taoheed, has been arrested by men of the Ogun State Police Command after allegedly robbing and raping a female passenger.
According to reports, the suspect was reported to have raped the victim, took her money, and put her back on the tricycle and was taking her to an unknown destination before he was apprehended.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.
Oyeyemi disclosed that the suspect was arrested at 4am on Monday following a distress call that was received by the policemen at the Ifo Divisional Headquarters.
The PPRO added that the victim who boarded a tricycle from Iyana Coker in Ifo raised the alarm that the tricycle operator was taking her to an unknown place for an undisclosed reason.
He said, “Upon 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.
Noting how the Tricycle Driver was nabbed after the act of robbing and raping his passenger, the police bulletin continued:
“After raping her, the suspect also dispossessed her of her money before putting her back on the tricycle and started heading in another direction.
“But on getting to Aritameje area, she sighted some people and she raised alarm which led to the arrest of the suspect.
“The suspect confessed to the commission of the crime.
“The tricycle and one locally made pistol were recovered from him.”
Oyeyemi said the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.