The Ogun State Police Command has arrested an herbalist, identified as Samson Ogundele, for allegedly raping a teenager and attempted to rape one other who are hairdressing apprentices during consultation over missing N1,000.
The suspect, a resident of Referefu area of Oja-Odan in the Yewa-North Local Government Area of the state, was arrested last week Wednesday for allegedly raping the girl and attempted to rape the other who went with seven others to his house on consultation.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.
Oyeyemi said Ogundele was arrested following a report lodged at the Oja-Odan Divisional Headquarters by one of the victims.
He explained that the victim reported that a sum of N1,000 was missing among nine hairdressing apprentices and they decided to seek a traditional way to unravel the thief.
The PPRO added that one of the victims who is a hairdressing apprentice, narrated that a sum of N1,000 got missing in their shop.
Efforts to get the missing N1,000 made all the nine apprentices in the shop to consult the herbalist to know who stole the money amongst them.
“On getting to the herbalist, he started calling them into a room one after the other after collecting #700 from them.“The complainant stated further that the first and second persons entered and came out, and when it was her turn, she entered and the herbalist tried to rape her,” he said.
“Upon her complaint, the DPO Oja-Odan division, CSP Gabriel Ikechukwu, detailed his detectives to go after the suspect and he was arrested.
“It was while interrogating him that one of the girls, who is 17 years old, confessed that the herbalist had already had carnal knowledge of her when she met him at the consulting room.
“She stated further that the herbalist threatened that she would die if she informed anybody.
“The victim was immediately taken to General Hospital Oja-Odan where the doctor on duty confirmed that the girl has been defiled.
“The herbalist himself has confessed to the commission of the crime.”
The PPRO, however, said the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had directed that the suspect be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation and diligent prosecution.