A 20-year-old suspect identified as Kolade Tosin, has been arrested for the alleged defilement and murder of a 17-year-old girl, Ifeoluwa Apanpa, inside a church at Olodo in Ibadan, Oyo State Capital
The suspect who was paraded before the newsmen at the State Police Headquarter, Eleyele, Ibadan on Tuesday, explained how he lured the girl inside a church where he raped her and strangulated her to death.
He said, “On 17th September 2022, I went back home around 1 pm from work because we didn’t have work that day. We were just sleeping at shop, I told my boss that I wanted to go and ease myself, my boss said I shouldn’t stay long.
“When I get home, I took the key of our church because my mum is the cleaner of the church and went to church.
“I packed all chairs in the church together, I already know the time Ifeoluwa will pass through our church to her church.
“She eventually passed and I asked her to assist me in carrying some of the chairs I had already packed. I took out a knife from my pocket and I instructed her not to shout.
“I wanted to attack her to collect her phone but she dragged the knife with me and the knife fell, she also fell down and hit her head on the ground while trying to escape.
“She became weak and I raped her, I took her phone and asked her for the password to her phone, she gave me wrong password, when I discovered that the password was wrong, I strangulated her.”
The Oyo state Commissioner for police, Adebowale Williams, said his men attached to Iyana-Offa Divisional Police Headquarters, were notified of the sudden disappearance of Ifeoluwa, a 17- year-old female, who according to reports left for church and was yet to return home.
“A search party was immediately raised to know what caused her disappearance, while this was ongoing as a call was placed to the parents of the deceased by an unknown caller stating clearly the deceased had been abducted.
He said preliminary investigation revealed that the corpse was found “beside a Bible School at Olodo Area, with a bloody genitalia, coupled with signs of struggling which indicated that she might have been manhandled before her eventual untimely death.”
He further said that investigation is still ongoing as the case have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department.