Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command has arrested a 30-year old man, Ajibola Akindele, for raping a 20-year old girl inside the church.
The incident reportedly happened on April 16, 2022 when the victim’s mother sent her daughter and the suspect on an errand to the church located at Ita-Oshin area of Abeokuta.
The spokesperson for the state police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement, said the mother of the victim reported the case to the Lafenwa police divisional headquarters.
According to the statement, the suspect took advantage of the victim while decorating the church ahead of Sunday service and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her inside the church.
The statement read: “On getting to the church, they met some other women who came to sweep the church in preparation for Sunday service. But soon as those women left after sweeping the church, the suspect took advantage of being alone with the victim and forcefully had unlawful carnal of her right inside the church.
“Upon the report, the DPO Lafenwa division, CSP Kayode Shadrach, detailed his detectives to go after the suspect and bring him to justice. The detectives quickly moved in to the scene and promptly arrested the suspect who has since confessed to the crime.”
Oyeyemi said the state Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, 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 later for prosecution.