30-year-old man arrested for allegedly raping 20-year-old girl in church

A 30-year-old man identified as Ajibola Akindele was on April 18 arrested by men of the Ogun state police command for allegedly forcefully having carnal knowledge of a 20-year-old girl (name withheld) right inside a church.

A statement released by DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi said the suspect was arrested following a report lodged at Lafenwa divisional headquarters by the mother of the victim, who reported that she sent her daughter to go and decorate a church at Ita oshin area of Abeokuta together with the suspect on the 16th of April 2022.

”On getting to the church, they met some other women who came to sweep the church in preparation for Sunday service. But soon as those women left after sweeping the church, the suspect allegedly took advantage of being alone with the victim and forcefully had an unlawful carnal knowledge of her right inside the church.

Upon the report, the DPO Lafenwa division, CSP Kayode Shadrach, detailed his detectives to go after the suspect and bring him to justice. He said the detectives quickly moved into the scene and promptly arrested the suspect who have since confessed to the crime.” the statement read.

Oyeyemi added that the state commissioner of police, CP Lanre Bankole, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the anti-human trafficking and child labor unit of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and possible prosecution.