By Lawrence Enyoghasu
Ogun state Police Command has arrested a herbalist, Samson Ogundele, for having unlawful carnal knowledge of a young girl (name withheld) who came to his house on consultation.
Ogundele, who is a resident of Referefu area of Oja odan, was arrested following a report lodged at Oja odan divisional headquarters by the victim, who reported that she is an hairdressing apprentice, and that a sum of one thousand naira got missing in their shop which made all the nine apprentices in the shop to consult the herbalist to know who stole the money amongst them.
According to a press release made available the state by Police Public Relation Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, On getting to Ogundale, he started calling them into a room one after the other after collecting #700 from them.
“The complainant stated further that the first and second persons entered and came out, and when it was her turn, she entered and the herbalist tried to rape her.
“Upon her complaint, the DPO Oja odan division, CSP Gabriel Ikechukwu, detailed his detectives to go after the suspect and he was arrested.
“It was why interrogating him that one of the girls who is 17 years old confessed that the herbalist had already had carnal knowledge of her when she met him at the consulting room. She stated further that the herbalist threatened that she will died if she inform anybody.
“The victim was immediately taken to General Hospital Oja Odan where the Doctor on duty confirmed that the girl has been defiled.
“The herbalist himself has confessed to the commission of the crime,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole has directed that the suspect be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Departments for further investigation and diligent prosecution.