The Lagos State Police Command have arrested 41-year-old commercial bus driver, Jelili Lawal, for allegedly raping a stranded 78-year-old woman in Oloti community of Adeniji Jones, Ikeja area of the state.
Punch reports that the septuagenarian was on her way home on January, 1, 2019, but missed the way around Maryland, Ikeja, and while asking for directions from passersby on how to get to her base at Ketu, Lawal was said to have offered to take her to her destination in his commercial bus.
But midway into the journey, the suspect reportedly made a detoured to Oloti village where he allegedly raped the old woman.
It was while he was assaulting her that the victim raised an alarm that attracted someone in the neighbourhood, who alerted the Police.
While parading the suspect before journalists at the Command’s Headquarters in Ikeja on Monday, January 7, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Imohimi Edgal, said:
“On Tuesday, January 1, 2019, around 8 pm, a woman, 78, met one Jelili Lawal, 41, a bus driver, at Maryland and told him that she had missed her way and did not know how to get to her house in Ketu.
The said Jelili Lawal offered to help her. The woman was delighted and she boarded the bus, unknown to her that Lawal had other intentions.
The suspect drove the victim to a location in Oloti village, off Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja, and raped her without regards to her age.
While the suspect was at it, the woman let out a cry that attracted someone in the neighbourhood, who quickly called the police and directed them to the location where the cry emanated from.
That was how the police caught the suspect in the act and rescued the old woman who was already bleeding from her private parts as a result of the assault on her dignity.
The victim has been taken to the hospital and she’s being counseled by trauma specialists, while, the suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigation is over.”
The suspect however denied the allegation, saying his wife’s friend who saw him with the old woman, raised the false alarm which led to his arrest.