Nigeria: Alleged Rape Incident Leads to Arrest in Ota: So-Safe Corps Takes Action
By Zuleihat Owuiye, Mamos Nigeria
In a recent development, a 21-year-old commercial tricyclist, Ridwan Lukman, has been apprehended by the Ogun State-owned security outfit, So-Safe Corps, on charges of allegedly raping a 14-year-old groundnut hawker in the Ota area.
So-Safe officers, during their routine patrol in the early hours of Wednesday, arrested Lukman as he was attempting to forcefully engage in sexual activity with the teenage victim. Despite Lukman’s denial of penetrating the teenager, he claimed to have misunderstood the girl’s intentions, thinking she was making advances while he was patronizing her.
Following the arrest, So-Safe officers took the victim for a medical examination, confirming penetration. Subsequently, Lukman confessed to the offense during further interrogation. The suspect was then transferred to the Sango Area Command of the Nigeria Police Force for additional investigation.
Confirming the incident, Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Omolola Odutola, assured that the suspect would face prosecution upon the completion of the investigation. The case was reported by the victim’s mother on January 12, 2024, leading to the issuance of a medical examination paper for a proper investigation at a cottage hospital.
This incident adds to the growing concern about sexual offenses in Ogun State. Recent cases, such as the alleged defilement of a 16-year-old girl in Lafenwa and the arrest of a 40-year-old school teacher, Olaniran Adewale, for assaulting girls, highlight the urgent need to address such issues.
Motunrayo Adeleye, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development in the state, expressed deep concern over the rising rape cases. In an interview with highlighted that the ministry handled over 200 cases of gender violence in , with efforts underway for a special court to expedite the trial of offenders.