Confusion in Eruwa community, Ibarapa East Local Government Area of Oyo State, as welder known as Ajibode, allegedly raped a sixteen-year-old Olayemi Agbeloba, the apprentice of his wife.
It was learnt that after the incident
The victim committed suicide
Ajibode, who is a welder, was reported to have threatened to kill the minor if she revealed what happened to anyone.
It was learnt that the minor had been learning fashion design from Ajibode’s wife and was said to have been living with her boss to also assist her with domestic chores.
According to report by vanguard, things took another turn when the minor was sleeping in a room at the couple’s residence when Ajibode entered the room and allegedly raped the minor on June 23, 2023.
Worried by the development, the deceased, who was said to have been traumatised by Ajibode’s action, reportedly drank a substance suspected to be insecticide and died from the toxic substance.
Contacted, Agbeloba’s father, Sunday, who had been inconsolable since he got to know of the circumstances that influenced his daughter’s decision to allegedly take her life, said in a bid to get justice for his late daughter, he reported the case at the Eruwa Police Station.
He, however, lamented that the police, while investigating the case, arrested Ajibode, adding that the suspect had been boasting that justice would not prevail in the matter.
Sunday said; “Olayemi went to Ajibode’s wife’s house early this year because my wife and I decided that she should learn handiwork. She had been staying with Ajibode and his wife for about six months and suddenly, we were told that she died.”
“Later, we heard Ajibode had raped my daughter after which she drank an insecticide. This was confirmed by medical workers at the hospital she was taken to for treatment after she drank the insecticide.”
“At the hospital, we were also told that before my daughter died, she said Ajibode raped her and that was what made her drink the insecticide.”
“I reported the case at the Eruwa Police Station and he was arrested and released. Since then, Ajibode has been claiming that he knows people and that there is nothing we could do to him.”
“He raped my daughter and pushed her to commit suicide and he’s still very confident that he would go scot-free.”
Narrating her ordeal amid tears, mother of the deceased, Folake, demanded for justice over the death of her daughter.
She added that her late daughter once confided to her that Ajibode usually disturbed her while sleeping at night.
“I can’t speak now because they have taken my daughter away from me. Is it a crime for someone to go and learn a trade?” she asked.
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Adewale Osifeso, said: “A case of homicide was reported at the Eruwa Divisional Police Headquarters. It is also more like a case of defilement.”