Police arrest fake soldiers for raping 15-year-old in Lagos

Two suspects who posed as soldiers and abducted a 15-year-old girl in the Oworonshoki area of Lagos State have been arrested by the Police.

The incident occurred last Friday on Akerele Street around 10pm when the suspects – Damilola Balogun and Joseph Agbo – allegedly abducted and raped the teenager overnight, leaving her by the roadside.

According to the Police, the victim was on an errand when the two men, who put on a military camouflage waylaid her with a motorcycle. It was gathered that they ordered her to get on their motorcycle and rode away to a hideout around Murtala bus stop in the Bariga area of Lagos.
It was learnt that the matter was reported at the Oworonshoki Police Division, after which police operatives trailed and arrested the duo. A police source said, “The victim came to report the matter at the station. She was on an errand along Akerele Street in Oworonshoki when the men, who wore army camouflage, accosted her.
“Before she could cry for help, they had forcefully whisked her away on a motorcycle to Muritala bus stop where she was raped till daybreak. They threatened to kill her if she shouted. They later released her in the early hours of the second day.”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said four Automated Teller Machine cards and 17 identity cards were recovered from the suspects.

She said, “The police recovered items which included military camouflage, two berets, two mobile phones, four ATM cards from different banks, and 17 ID cards bearing different names. After interrogation, it was discovered that the suspects were impersonators.

“They are also suspected to be hoodlums terrorising the area. The suspects will be transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad for further investigation and prosecution.”

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