A herbalist, Samson Ogundele, has been arrested by police in Ogun State for allegedly raping a 17-year old female hairdresser’s apprentice inside his consulting room.
The herbalist was picked up by the police at residence in Referefu area of Oja Odan in Yewa South local Government Area of the State, after a complaint the victim, and her two friends reported the incident at a police station.
The Police Public Relations Officer for the State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident in a statement, said the suspect was accused of having unlawful carnal knowledge of the young girl, who came to his house on consultation.
The statement read: “Samson Ogundele, a resident of Referefu area of Oja Odan in Yewa South local government area of the State, was arrested following a report lodged at Oja Odan divisional headquarters by the victim.
“The victim, an hairdressing apprentice, and her two other colleagues consulted the herbalist when a sum of one thousand naira got missing in their shop to know who stole the money among them.
“On getting to the herbalist, he started calling them into a room one after the other after collecting N700 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.
“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 why interrogating him that one of the girls, who is 17-year old girl, confessed that the herbalist had already had carnal knowledge of her when she met him at his consulting room.
“She stated further that the herbalist threatened that she would die if she informed anybody. The victim was taken to General Hospital, Oja Odan where the doctor on duty confirmed that the girl has been defiled. The herbalist himself has confessed to commiting the crime.”
Meanwhile, the police spokeman said the state Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had ordered that the suspect should be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Departments for further investigation and diligent prosecution.