A 70-year-old landlady at Abule Lemode, Ijoko, Ogun State was raped by a 25-year-old truck driver from her sleep.
She revealed her ordeal with truck driver, Wasiu Bankole, who allegedly barged into her apartment and raped her.
It was reported that Bankole, who stays in the neighbourhood was drunk when he forcefully entered the woman’s house around 11pm on Tuesday and raped her.
The landlady was overpowered by Bankole and he had his way as he covered her mouth and she could not cry for help.
She said: “The man (Bankole) came to my house at night. He forcefully entered my room and raped me. He covered my mouth so that I would not be able to seek help. I was the only one at home; my tenant was not around. I know him as a resident of our community.
She disclosed that after some struggles she eventually managed to scream and people who heard her voice came to her rescue.
Ayoola Oluwasegun, one of the neighbours who rescued the old woman hit Bankole on the back with a stick to let go of the victim.
The Agbado Police Station and the Divisional Police Officer, SP Kuranga Yero, led a team that launched a manhunt for the suspect arrested the suspect the following day.
They recovered his clothes and a torch he abandoned at the woman’s apartment while he escaped.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said: “The suspect was arrested following a report by the victim who reported at Agbado Division that while she was sleeping in her house on June 2, 2020, the suspect suddenly broke into her room, held her down and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her against her consent.
“The victim stated further that it was one of her neighbours who heard her scream that came to rescue her by using a stick to hit the suspect on his back consequence upon which he jumped off her and ran away leaving his clothes, shoes and torch inside her room.
“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to committing the crime but claimed to have acted under the influence of alcohol. The victim has been taken to the hospital for medical attention.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to anti-human trafficking and child labour unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and diligent prosecution.”