By: Oluwatosin Adesola
The Ondo State Police Command has apprehended to suspects for allegedly raping two women to death in Akure and Ore area of the state.
SUNSHINETRUTH that one 27year-old farm labourer, Mr Mima Chinecherem from Ebonyi state was apprehended in connection with the killing of an 80year-old grandmother, Madam Felicia Aderibigbe, at her Ore farm in Odigbo Local Government Area.
Also, a 29year-old Togolese nationale who is also a labourer, Mr Gbegele Mustapha murdered his 58year-old landlady and housewife, Mrs Adijat Olaoye in an attempt to rape her at her room in Fanibi area of Akure, the state capital.
Parading 18 suspects who allegedly involved in different crimes, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Taiwo Jesubiyi said the two suspected murderers would be prosecuted in line with relevant laws.
It was reported that late Aderibigbe was murdered at the weekend in her farm located in the constain area of Ore town.
It was learnt that the old woman, who had left home for farming, had been missing for some days before her corpse was finally found by a search party at the edge of the farm.
One of the neighbours who joined the search party, Adekunle, said the suspects must have raped Madam Aderibigbe to death due to the position her corpse was found inside the farm.
On Monday Tuesday 22nd, 2023, the Commissioner represented by the command’s public relations officer, Mrs Funmi Odunlami said seven suspected cultists were also arrested in connection with recent Owo cult killings that occurred recently.
Jesubiyi said, “On 18th of May, 2023, a case of murder was reported at Otu divisional Headquarters. Late Mrs Aderibigbe Felicia aged 80years left for farm on the 17th of May and did not return, all efforts to find her in the farm proved abortive until one Mima Chinecherem aged 27years who specializes in Banga cutting at night pegged a palm frond in front of deceased house.
“This arose the suspicion of the deceased children who apprehended the suspect and was immediately searched, the mobile phone of the old woman was recovered from him.
He was handed over to the police and during interrogation, he claimed he saw the cutlass, bucket and mask at the boundary of the deceased farm.
“When asked the reason for the palm frond, he said it was the deceased children who cut and dropped it on their mother’s farmland, so he decided to take it to their house around 10pm and told them they would understand the meaning the next day.
“In the same vein, on the 17th of May a case of attempted rape was reported at Fanibi Division against one Gbegele Mustapha aged 29 years, a Togolese nationale who is a labourer. He broke into the room of one Mrs Adijat OLaoye ‘f’ aged 58years with intent to rape her, while struggling with the woman (now late) she hit head on the floor.
“The neighbours who heard the noise rushed into her room and saw her bleeding, she was taken to the hospital while the suspects was arrested. The woman later died in the hospital. The suspect during interrogation claimed he was under the influence of the indian hemp he took that day.”
On the arrested cultists, the Police Commissioner said, “Base on dreadful activities of cultist in Owo and its environs. The command organized raids of affected areas, led by Area commander Owo. The teams which included all tactical teams busted their hideouts where following suspects were arrested.
The suspects are; Fadaunsi Monday ‘m’ aged 27years; Oluwafemi Ajayi ‘m’ aged 34years; Adewale Monday ‘m’ aged 22years; Olopona Olamide ‘m’ aged 27years; Ifedayo Michael ‘m’ aged 20years; Isiaka Jimoh ‘m’ aged 30years; and Olatunji Ojo ‘m’ 35years.
Jesubiyi who advised members of the public to always work with the police to get the state rid of crimes, said the suspects would be charged to court for prosecution.