Detectives attached to the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a man, Mr Ayo Salau, for allegedly robbing and raping a lady he met on social media. However, the detectives are on the trail of the prime suspect, Mr. Richard Samuel Gbenga, who actually met the lady on Facebook and lured her.
The lady’s journey to trouble started in July, when she became friends with Gbenga on Facebook. She, however, didn’t know that she was dealing with an armed robber and a rapist.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), CSP Chike Oti, said the lady and the suspect interacted a couple of times before they decided and agreed to meet each other. Oti said policemen from Maroko Police Station arrested the suspect after he allegedly committed the crime.
He said: “On August 4, the suspect invited the young woman for a dinner and she accepted. She further told him where they would meet before taking off for the dinner. The suspect arrived at the agreed take off point in a Toyota Camry car with registration number JJJ 406 DL, driven by Ayo Salau, a member of his robbery gang. “On their way to Lekki, they suddenly pulled over at a lonely spot and brought out cutlasses.
They ordered her to choose between taking off her clothes and getting killed. The petrified lady took off her clothes. They then took turn to rape her, after which she was robbed of her wristwatch and cash. The moment the hoodlums left, the victim raised the alarm.
The policemen were alerted and the lady gave a vivid description of the car. The police sent radio messages to different stations. The police immediately laid ambush for the fleeing criminals. As soon as the police sighted the suspects, they recognised them through the car.”
When the policemen flagged down the car, the suspects sensed they had been found out. They abandoned their car and bolted.But the policemen pursued them and arrested Salau, while his partner in crime, Gbenga, escaped. Oti said the suspect had since been identified by the victim.
The suspect had also allegedly admitted to the crime. “Ayo said that his fleeing partner recruited him for the job. The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, has cautioned youths, especially ladies, to be aware of people, who might be using social media to take advantage of them.
We want to assure members of the public that the fleeing suspect would soon be caught,” Oti said.