Five persons including a popular Ondo town-based business man, Bode Akinsiku have been arrested by the police for allegedly rapping, torturing and videotaping two teenage girls in the community.
Other suspects arrested by the police are, Olabanji Femi, Abiodun Ayodele, Fadairo Wahab and Adedayo Adebayo, they were said to have allegedly posted the video tape of the scene on the pages of their Facebook.
A source close to the police at the Ondo Area Command said the suspects were arrested following a complaint lodged at the station by a man who claimed to be a relative of one of the victims.
The source further disclosed that the complainant shortly before the arrest of the suspects had earlier supplied the police with the videotape of the scene of the alleged rape as a proof of evidence and a back-up to his complaint.
The development according to the police source prompted men of the Special Anti-Crime of the Ondo Area Command to swing into action during which the suspects were arrested at Odosida street in the town.
The police source further explained that the accused persons were alleged to have had unlawful sexual intercourse with the two teenage girls, tortured and videotaped with their phones.
Similarly, recounting their ordeals at the police station in Ondo town, the two teenage girls (names withheld) said they were four in numbers who were lured to a residential house in the area by one of the suspects under the pretence of celebrating the birthday of his daughter, adding that in the process, two of them escaped from the scene.
The victims, who looked physically exhausted, said they could not stand or walk without being assisted by somebody immediately after the incident, noting that apart from being raped by the five suspects, they were equally flogged and tortured.
“They stripped us naked and seized all our cloths, recorded the video after all of them raped us one after the other, they equally threatened to take us to the street naked, we cried, and shed tears, as if they will allow us to go after the scene.”
“They lured us to the area at about 11:30am, they held us hostage for several hours before they could fetch water for us and allow us to take our bath, they bought rice for us to eat and later freed us in the evening, we later reported the matter to one of my brothers, who vowed to get the video and report the matter to the police station.”
“Though, some of the families of the suspects have been begging us and promised to pay us huge amount of money, but my brother had got the video and had reported the matter to the police,” they stated.
On his own, one of the family of the victims who claimed to have reported the matter to the police, said he did not want his name mentioned, explaining that immediately after he reported the matter to the police, he received several threats from the families of the suspects.
Reacting to the development, an Ondo town-based Human Right Activist, Otunba Muyideen Olamoyegun, frowned at the development which he said is unknown to the law, he condemned the way the police are handling the matter especially those in charge of the investigation.
He called on the Commissioner of Police, Ondo State to as a matter of urgency release the complainant, who is also a relative of one of the victims who was arrested by the men of the Special Anti-Cultism Squad of the Ondo Police Command in respect of the matter.
When contacted on the matter, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph, confirmed the receipt of the matter and explained that the attitude of the suspects was a barbaric one and disclosed that about five persons have been arrested over the matter and that they will be charged to court as soon as investigations is completed on the matter.