By Moyo Fabiyi

It was a terrible ordeal for a 20-year old lady (names withheld) when six commercial motorcycle operators also known as okada riders gangraped her.

Three of the suspected rapists

The incident took place in front of a shop along Ijegun-Ijagemo road, Oyedokun bus stop in Iba Council area of Lagos State, South West Nigeria.

The victim told P.M.NEWS that one of the suspects Aderoju Johnson carried her on okada from Ijegun while Saheed Ila sat at her back, at about 11.00pm on Christmas day.

But when the okada failed to stop at Ile Meta bus stop, Ijagemo, her destination, she attempted to shout but Saheed Ila at her back covered her mouth with a cloth. They carried her to Oyedokun bus stop where four other accomplices joined them.

However, luck ran on them when they started to argue amongst themselves whose turn it was to rape her. Their noise attracted Wasiu, another okada rider who also hails from Ado-Awaye in Oyo State, the homestead of the victim and the suspects.

Wasiu and others were able to call the baale-elect of Ijagemo, High Chief Abdul Hakeem Tunde Balogun who mobilised some youths in his car. The vigilance team was able to apprehend three of the suspects, Aderoju Johnson, Oladepo Adeyemi and Soji Ikoo.

They were handed over to the police at the Isheri-Oshun division who gave the victim a paper to Igando General Hospital. A drug was prescribed for her which she could not get around the area.

Narrating her ordeal to P.M.NEWS, the single mother of one said: “All of us are natives of Ado-Awaye, in Oyo State. I know all of them. Three were initially arrested and handed over to the police. Then the police arrested another while two of the suspects are still on the run.

“On Christmas day, I closed from work at a beer parlour on Community Road, Ijegun. I took a ride on okada from Ijegun to my residence at Ile Meta, Ijagemo. When the okada failed to stop at Ile Meta, I tried to shout but Saheed Ila who was sitting behind me covered my mouth with a cloth. None of the men had approached me for friendship before.”

The Divisional Police Office of Isheri Oshun Division, Supol Segun declined comment on the incident.

But a source at the station confirmed the incident and the arrest of the suspects who will soon be charged to court, while a manhunt had been organised for the two fleeing suspects.

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