An Inspector of Police (IPO) has allegedly demanded N20,000 bribe from a rape victim in Ogun State who reported the fleeing perpetrators.
The rape victim identified as Joy (surname withheld) narrated how the female police inspector scoffed her cry for justice by trying to extort more money from her after all she’s been through at the hands of the criminals.
Joy narrated her ordeal at the hands of the syndicate (notorious for rape and stealing in the Igbala Community of Sango-Ota) led by one Tomiwa. According to her, she was returning home from work when the gang attacked her, collected her phone and salary, then the three of them gang raped her.
The suspect, Tomiwa was arrested by the youths of the Igbala community who handed him over to the Sango-Ota Police Division, in the state on March 12 but he allegedly escaped from police custody same day. Joy said she almost dropped the case when the policewoman rudely demanded she pay N20,000 fee for the criminals to be arrested.
“The Police Inspector was one Martinda at the Sango-Ota Police Division and she told me to report back whenever I saw those guys (the fleeing suspects).
“Around 1 pm one day, I rushed back to the station and informed her, but she told us to raise N20,000 for their arrest.
“We later met with some other policemen there and they collected N2,000 after much pleading. We left the station around 3 pm, but by the time we got to where I saw them, they had fled.
“I had forgone the matter until yesterday (Wednesday,March 6) when the community took up the case,” she said.
Tomiwa’s accomplices: Dekunle Lawal, Wale Alore, Sunday Salako, Peters Apata, Oyetunde Tolulope and one Ojere are still in police custody, while one Rafiu and Umoru are at large.
Following their escape, the community reportedly petitioned the State Commissioner of Police, CP Abdulmajid Ali, who ordered that the miscreants be trailed and rearrested.
The petition, signed by a community elder, Pastor Ajayi Ibikunle, read in part:
“They (suspects) always terrorise ladies residing in the community and visitors coming into and going out of the community without any cause, be it early in the morning when people are going to work or at night when people are coming back from work.
“They snatch bags, rob people of their valuables and at the same time they rape ladies. These young men have gangs around the Alishiba, School 3 and Joju areas. They smoke and sell hemps.”
The State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, on Thursday, confirmed the incident saying the suspects would be transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the command for further investigation and proper prosecution, assuring the residents that the community would be ‘sanitised’ from hoodlums terrorising the area.
Speaking earlier, the youth leader of the community said, “I want the police to charge them to court and ensure that they are duly prosecuted. They have been influencing younger ones negatively.”