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Suspected robber arrested while attempting to rape victim


The act of rape.

A suspected armed robber was arrested by neighbours of the victim while attempting to rape her in Badagry area of Lagos State. The suspect, Idris Yusuf, a truck driver was the lone robber who jumped the fence to gain access to his victim’s apartment.

Report says Yusuf scaled the fence into a building at about 1:00a.m., after which he entered one of the apartments, where he dispossessed a woman of her valuables. He also went to another apartment, where he met a woman identified as Mrs. Akanbi and allegedly attempted to rape her.

“I woke up around 1:00a.m. to find an unknown person in my kitchen with a knife. Unknown to me, he had been to my bedroom where he stole my phone and the only N100 I had at home.

Immediately I asked who he was, he grabbed my hand and dragged me outside, threatening to kill me if I raised the alarm.

On the way out, I discovered that the gate was opened, including my door. I begged him not to hurt me, that the only thing I had was the N100 note and my phone.

To my surprise, he said I should allow him have sex with me quietly, since I had no money. At that point, I ran out and called for help”, the victim said.

“It was then I realized that my neighbour, whose house the suspect had earlier gone to, were looking for the intruder. He was eventually captured and handed over to the policemen at Badagry Division”, she concluded.

He confessed to the crime and revealed that he drives truck during the daytime and engage in robbery at night for more income.

Meanwhile, the Omu-Aran Youth Forum (OYF) in Omu-Aran, Kwara State, has lauded the police for the arrest of 20 suspects in connection with the April 5 robbery attack in Offa, describing it as a major breakthrough.

The forum made this commendation in a statement jointly signed by Pastor Adedoyin Lawal, Salahudeen Abeeb and Lekan Olanrewaju, its president, secretary and treasurer respectively.

The statement, which the forum made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, lauded the police for its dedication and effectiveness.

It would be recalled that some bandits raided some commercial banks in Offa a few days ago, killing some policemen and residents.

The forum, which described the attack as barbaric, inhuman and senseless, said it should be condemned by all and sundry.

According to the statement, the arrest of the 20 suspects is a demonstration of an act of hard work on the part of the police. The forum also expressed its condolence with the Kwara State government and the people Offa on the attack.

It prayed for the families of the victims to have the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and also wished the injured quick recovery.

The forum called on the government, security agents and other stakeholders to ensure that other perpetrators of the dastardly act are brought book.

The members lauded the governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki for their show of concern on the incident.

It said government’s pledge to relocate and rebuild the Police Divisional Headquarters at Owode, which was attacked by the bandits, was highly commendable.

Also, it lauded the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for the quick deployment of Police Mobile Units and Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) to some Kwara communities.

The forum, however, called on both the State and Federal Governments to consider Omu-Aran community, which had experienced similar attacks in the past for such gesture.

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