A herbalist, Samson Ogundele of Referefu area of Oja-Odan, Yewa North Local Government Area, Ogun State, has been arrested for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl.
Ogundele was arrested by the police on July 27 for having unlawful carnal knowledge of the young girl, who had visited his house for consultation.
The victim had lodged a complaint at the Oja-Odan divisional police headquarters.
According to a statement by the Ogun police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the hairdressing apprentice had told the police that a sum of N1000 had got missing in their shop, the reason all the nine apprentices in the shop visited the said herbalist to know who stole the money.
“On getting to the herbalist, he started calling them into a room one after the other after collecting N700 from them.
“The complainant stated further that the first and second person entered and came out. When it was her turn, she entered and the herbalist tried to rape her,” Oyeyemi said.
Upon her complaint, the DPO of Oja-Odan division, CSP Gabriel Ikechukwu, sent detectives after the suspect and got him arrested.
“It was while interrogating him that one of the girls, who is 17 years old confessed that the herbalist had already had carnal knowledge of her when she met him at the consulting room,” it was gathered.
The victim had stated further that the herbalist threatened that she would die if she informed anybody about the incident.
When the victim was taken to the General Hospital in Oja-Odan, the doctor on duty confirmed that the girl had been defiled.
“The herbalist himself has confessed to the commission of the crime,” Oyeyemi stated.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Lanre Bankole, has directed that the Ogundele should be transferred to the State CIID for further investigation and diligent prosecution.