Thursday, 28 June 2018

Raped Ondo Teenagers: Police Allege Plot To Frustrate Case

Image result for missing two teenage girls who were allegedly tortured and raped by some men in Ondo town, Ondo State,

The Ondo State Police Command has raised the alarm that some powerful individuals in the state were allegedly putting pressure on the command to discontinue the case of two teenagers who were allegedly tortured and raped by five men in Ondo town, Ondo State.

The suspects – Bode Akinsiku, Olabanji Femi, Abiodun Ayodele, Fadairo Wahab and Adedayo Adebayo – were alleged to have lured the two girls into their house, where they raped them.

After allegedly forcefully having sex with the victims, the suspects were also alleged to have tortured and stripped them naked.

They also allegedly videotaped the victims and posted their naked pictures on social media.

The five suspects, who were arrested by the police, were arraigned before a chief magistrates’ court, which remanded them in custody.

A source said the whereabouts of the two victims was currently unknown, raising the fear in the community that the two girls might have been abducted so that they would not be available in court on the adjourned date.

Speaking with our correspondent, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State command, Mr. Femi Joseph, said the police were facing a lot of pressure on the matter.

He said some “powers that be” were doing everything possible to frustrate the case, but the command had remained resolute.

Joseph said, “They had tried to kill the case, but we did not allow them. Now, they are doing other things behind the scene to ensure that they (victims) don’t come to court with the hope that if they don’t come to court, the case will die a natural death.

“But we are assuring the public that the case will be prosecuted and the girls will be adequately protected to ensure that they are present in court.”

On the whereabouts of the girls, the PPRO explained that they were not in police custody, but they were safe.

He said they were taken away from the public glare so as not to be easily accessible to the people who could intimidate them.

“The girls are not missing; we are facing a lot of pressure on their matter. However, on our part, we are assuring the public of their safety; nothing will happen to them. This is a case of national interest and we will need them to diligently prosecute the case.

“We will ensure that they cooperate with us until the case is finally determined,” Joseph said.

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