THE Vice-chairman of Gbagi branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Oyo State branch, Alhaji Saheed Tijani aka ‘Omo Olomo’, has been arrested by the Oyo State police command for raping a 28-year-old woman.
The suspect and his cohorts allegedly abducted the victim, Abosede, around 9 pm on Monday, April 4, 2016, while returning home from work.
The state Commissioner of Police, Leye Oyebade disclosed this while parading the suspect and others at the command headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan on Friday.
According to the police boss, the victim was subdued by the ferocious men who threatened her with a knife, despite her cries for help.
“Having successfully threatened her to submission, she was abducted in the most brazen, commando-like manner and forcibly taken to an hotel where she was drugged and subsequently mercilessly raped till the next day. Soon, the suspect and his accomplice went underground to evade arrest.
“Consequent upon the report made to police, the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the command commenced a manhunt for the suspects. After several days of diligent investigation, the rapist was arrested in his hideout somewhere in Ibadan. The suspect has since confessed to the crime,” the police boss said.
Oyebade said investigation revealed that Omo Olomo, until his arrest, was a pain in the neck of innocent citizens, especially women who he has raped in the past.
“The suspect’s illicit sexual escapade was known to many in the Iwo road area, but the victims could not report due to stigmatization and fear of attack by the suspect who was dreaded. This has also earned him suspension from the union on many occasions.”
While speaking with The Nation, Omo Olomo denied raping Abosede. He maintained that the sex was consensual and based on mutual agreement between him and Abosede.
“We are friends and we are having an affair. I did not rape her, she agreed to do it and I give her money whenever we have sex. I am surprised with this allegation she levelled against me,” Omo Olomo said.
However, Abosede insisted that she never met Omo Olomo before the alleged rape took place, maintaining that she was never the suspect’s friend.
“He raped me and warned me not to report him to anybody. He said he would kill me if I did. But I summoned courage and reported him to the police. I have two kids now and my husband has chased me out of the house because of the incident.”
Meanwhile, in a related development, the police boss said the command also recovered seven vehicles, which were stolen at gun point from the owners across the state.
The vehicles recovered are: a blue Honda Accord car with reg. No. KSF 765 BlackBerry, A wine Toyota Corolla car with rg no. AAA 591 DW, one Toyota Camry with reg no JJJ 796 EA, Toyota Matrix with reg no FST 929 EC, Toyota Camry with rg no LSD 659 DR, one unregistered wine Toyota Camry car and Toyota Camry car with reg no KRD 92 DU.