Po­lice nab sus­pected se­rial rapist at Ban­nex

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Ogechi Ohalee

Men of the FCT po­lice com­mand, Satur­day, at Banex Plaza, Wuse II, Abuja, ar­rested a Com­pact Disc (CD) re­tailer sus­pected to be a se­rial rapist.

The sus­pect was al­leged to have raped many women, stran­gling and in­jur­ing some of his vic­tims in the process.

A po­lice source said at about 2100 hours, a 16-year-old girl (name with­held) re­ported at Maitama Po­lice Di­vi­sion with her fa­ther that she left her house lo­cated around Banex Plaza, Wuse II, to buy some things when she was ac­costed by the sus­pect, who re­sides at Federal Hous­ing Es­tate, Nyanya, Abuja. The source told our re­porter that the sus­pect told the girl that his boss wanted to talk to her, promis­ing that the boss was go­ing to give her money and any­thing she wanted.

“The girl replied that she has all she needs be­cause her fa­ther al­ways pro­vides for her. He per­sisted but she re­fused to lis­ten to him. He then pre­tended as if he had gone but went and hid in be­tween parked ve­hi­cles. As she tried to find her way home, he still went back to her and then threat­ened her and took her to a nearby bush around the axis, raped her and col­lected her phone,” the source said.

The po­lice source added that im­me­di­ately po­lice­men re­ceived the re­port, they rushed to the scene and with the aid of the phone, he was ar­rested.

Re­act­ing, FCT po­lice spokesper­son, Hyel­hira Al­tine Daniel, con­firmed the ar­rest. She said: “What hap­pened is that around 7:30pm or 8pm ev­ery day, he goes to that junc­tion near Banex Plaza, where ve­hi­cles are load­ing pas­sen­gers. Then, he would ap­proach a so­phis­ti­cated lady, in­tro­duce him­self as the PA to a Se­na­tor, and told the lady that the se­na­tor wants a lady like her to work for him as a sec­re­tary. Ladies with longer throat hap­pily ex­changed num­bers with him. He will dis­ap­pear af­ter col­lect­ing the phone num­ber and in less than 20 or 30 min­utes, he will change his voice and call the lady that he is the se­na­tor and that his PA is com­ing to bring her. Then, he would im­me­di­ately come with a taxi and pick the girl. When he gets to a bushy area ei­ther by Mabushi bridge or de­serted area near Banex, he would pre­tend talk­ing to the se­na­tor and then ask the taxi driver to stop. Im­me­di­ately, the taxi man leaves, he would then bring out pis­tol or knife, col­lects all her valu­ables and rape his vic­tim.”

The Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent told our re­porter that luck ran out of the sus­pected rapist when he ac­costed a 16-year-old girl, Satur­day night, and tried to ca­jole her into fol­low­ing him to meet a se­na­tor but the young lady re­fused.

Daniel said he left the lady, but later came back and forced her into a taxi, took her to a bush near Banex plaza, pointed a gun at her head and raped her.

The PPRO said the girl iden­ti­fied the house and knew that it was not far from their house.

Daniel added: “He scorn­fully told the girl to gather her clothes and go home. The vic­tim went home and told her fa­ther of her or­deal, the fa­ther im­me­di­ately went to Maitama Po­lice Sta­tion and re­ported. Po­lice­men in­stantly swooped into ac­tion and went to Banex Plaza. For­tu­nately for the po­lice, the sus­pect did not switch off the phone he took from the girl. Our of­fi­cers started call­ing the num­ber when they got to Banex Plaza, they no­ticed that a par­tic­u­lar phone was ring­ing and a man was hold­ing and look­ing at the phone. The vic­tim was not around to iden­tify the sus­pect as she was rushed to the hospi­tal; that at­tracted the of­fi­cers to go near the man and started call­ing the num­ber again, the phone started ring­ing, and that was how he was nabbed.”

The po­lice spokesper­son added that the sus­pect con­fessed to have raped many women over the past years.

“He al­ways robs and rapes his vic­tims and we are go­ing to pros­e­cute him for the of­fence of rape,” the FCT PPRO said.

She de­cried the fact that vic­tims of rape used to find it dif­fi­cult to re­port to the po­lice, prais­ing the last vic­tim and her fam­ily for their courage in reporting the mat­ter to the po­lice.

PHOTO ABUBAKAR SADIQ ISAH

Hausa drum­mers en­ter­tain­ing at an event in Sheda vil­lage in Kwali coun­cil on Fri­day.

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