Ogun Police in trouble for demanding money from rape victim’s family to prosecute case

A man, Daniel Onuzulike, has taken to the social media to get justice for a disabled lady who was allegedly raped by one Tajudeen Akintoye on Monday.

According to Onuzulike, the incident happened in Adeleye, Lafenwa, close to Ayobo on Monday.

The case was reported to the police station in Itele, Ado Odo Local Government Area, Ogun State.

Onuzulike, who is also related to the rape victim, told PUNCH Online that Akintoye was caught in the act and has allegedly confessed to the crime.

“He was caught in the act, the father of the girl caught him. He saw him and the girl naked.

“He has also confessed and there is a video. Then the security outfit in the area also has evidence against him,” he said.

He explained that the suspect, a herbalist, was arrested by the VSO security outfit and handed over to the Police.

The lady’s father, Leonard Onwuzulike, 62, told PUNCH Online on the phone that the Police said they could no longer hold the suspect in their custody and requested him to bring money to transport him to the State Force Headquarters in Eleweran, Abeokuta.

“They actually need a token, that is right now, and I told them I don’t have anything for now. So, they said what I should do now is to go and look for a vehicle that will take us to the force headquarters,” Leonard Onwuzulike alleged.

However, the DPO of Itele Police Station denied asking for money.  He said nobody asked the family to bring money, especially seeing their condition.

The DPO, who declined to give his name, said, “There was nothing like that, the suspect himself is in the cell. I expected the family to come now so that I will take the parties to Abeokuta.

“Because it is a High Court case, it is not a case that would be charged to court at the divisional level.

“Also, the father of the victim came here yesterday around 5.30pm. He brought the medical report from the hospital.”

The DPO said the Police was ready to take the parties to Abeokuta, but the lady’s family is yet to show up.

“It was my IPO that has been feeding the suspect and has been using his money to do everything.

“We have assessed them, there is nothing they have. And if you see the girl, you will pity the girl. She is disabled. And the man confessed. So, how do you think we are going to ask them for money? Over what?

“It was me who wanted to bring out my money to transport them. But for them to come now, we couldn’t see them. Nobody asked them to bring anything.”  Punch

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