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Manhunt Launched for Suspects who Allegedly Gave Indian Hemp to a Victim before Raping Her + Police Explains why Another Suspect was Charged with ‘Obstruction of Police Investigation’

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Lagos Police PRO, SP Dolapo Badmos

Lagos Police PRO, SP Dolapo Badmos

The spokesperson of the Lagos State Police Command, SP Dolapo Badmos, has said that the Commissioner  of Police, Fatai Owoseni, has directed that a manhunt be launched for the suspects who allegedly forced a 23-year-old lady, to smoke Indian hemp before taking turns to rape her at 106, Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, around Pako Bus Stop, Lagos.

According to PUNCH, Owoseni had requested a comprehensive report from the Isokoko Police Division, Agege following last week’s publication.

“The commissioner of police has directed that the case be transferred to our gender desk unit so that it can be given the seriousness it requires. The CP has said on no account should any DPO compromise on a rape case. A manhunt is on for the suspects at the moment,” Badmos to PUNCH.

The report, according to Badmos, arrived on Thursday.

The victim was allegedly raped on Sunday, August 28 by two men, named Wasiu and Monaco. When the family got to the scene of the crime, they met one Olanrewaju Osinubi, who confessed to giving the victim the Indian Hemp. However, he claimed that the victim took the drug willingly.

Osinubi was then charged to court for obstruction of police investigation.

Explaining why Osinubi was charged with obstruction of police investigation only, Badmos said:

“He was not involved in the rape. After the family reported the rape at the Dopemu Police Division, they had to go and arrest the two suspects – Wasiu and Monaco. But Osinubi obstructed the policemen from entering the house. He said nobody would enter the house to make any arrest.

While this was going on, the suspects escaped from the house. That was why Osinubi was detained and later charged for obstruction of police investigation. They would have been able to arrest the suspect if not because of the obstruction.

They transferred the suspect to Isokoko Police Division because it is one of our family support units where experts handle cases of domestic and sexual violence. The Isokoko DPO’s report shows that the victim’s aunty, who reported the case even appealed to the police to release him so that they could settle it. They probably wanted him released because they had been promised some form of compensation.

The DPO insisted that he (Osinubi) had to be charged to court for what he did. The woman did not even say anything about Indian hemp. We have confirmed from the two divisions and they said the same thing. Even if Isokoko compromised, can Dopemu compromise? He was an accessory after the fact.

Now, she is saying the man was involved while he was not. If we charged him for a crime he was not a part of, we will lose the case because there won’t be any evidence to prove it,” Badmos said.

According to the victim’s uncle, “She has not been able to leave the house. She has been bedridden and taking treatment since the incident occurred. Receipts for different drugs and treatment are piling up in the house”.

PUNCH reports that the family said they are now being threatened in the neighbourhood by some individuals they do not know.

Her uncle said that an individual had come to their house on two occasions to ask about his wife.

“The third time this happened, my wife was in front of the bank in our neighbourhood and a man came to her and asked, ‘Do you know me?’ My wife was able to recognise him as someone she sometimes saw around the house where the rape occurred.

She then told him, ‘Yes, I know you.’ But the man just turned and walked away. People have told us to leave the house for now because the boys who mill around that house (the crime scene) are violent. They smoke Indian hemp all the time,” he said.

6 Comments

  1. Xyz

    September 17, 2016 at 11:39 am

    No hope in the NPF! This is just madness! How can 1 person prevent them from entering the house? So many questions! This is so annoying. God should just continue to protect us and our families because these ones are just hopeless.

  2. SmartphonesSupportBiz

    September 17, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Very vile human beings. Why rape for God’s sake.

  3. Truth hurts

    September 17, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Good job. The police is working hard. I love the job Officer Dolapo is doing, unlike the past where they arrest without any logical explanation. Keep up the great work guys.

  4. Darius

    September 17, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    The NPF’s side of the story sounds far-fetched. They only issued a statement to give us the impression that they are on top of the situation. Whatever the case may be, they should launch a nation-wide manhunt for those two, and bring them to book. They shouldn’t just pay lip service to this case. They should treat it with the seriousness it deserves, and start effecting arrests. The statement issued by the victim’s brother made us understand that when the victim was raped, a couple of other guys came out in defence of the rapists and a police man had to fire a shot in the air to disperse the crowd. Y are only three people now accused of wrongdoing: the two rapists and the guy that was alleged to have prevented the police from effecting arrests. There are more people involved in this case, and they should be arrested.

  5. Fani

    September 17, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    The Aunty who wanted the man in custody released is also part of the problem. This Nigerian idea of “they will settle it) is part of what gives these evil men the liver . Also pls the family should move out of that neighborhood because they are in danger . It’s disgusting that so many in that neighborhood are complicit by not only shielding the rapists but threatening the family afterwards. It sounds like a terrible neighborhood

  6. esteem

    September 19, 2016 at 8:09 am

    I have said it before and i will continue to say it, crime is nobody’s brother, that is why we have to join hands to eliminate it. Today it might happen to your next door neighbour, tomorrow e fit be you o. No matter how you try to dress crime with a new cloth in order that it would have a new name or trying to lessen the weight of it, it stills remain crime.

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