“He barged into my room, covered my mouth while I was asleep” – 70-year-old woman raped by truck driver
A septuagenarian landlady who resides at Abule Lemode, Ijoko, Ogun State has narrated an ordeal she faced with a truck driver, Wasiu Bankole, 25, who allegedly baregd into her apartment and raped her.
Wasiu, who reportedly resides in the area, was drunk when he barged into the old lady’s house around 11:00pm on Tuesday and overpowered the woman who was asleep and had his way with her.
The 70-year-old lady, while speaking with pressmen shared how Wasiu covered her mouth but she still mustered strength to clamour for help.
“The man (Bankole) came to my house at night. He forcefully entered my room and raped me. He covered my mouth so that I would not be able to seek help. I was the only one at home; my tenant was not around. I know him as a resident of our community.
“I was struggling to resist him but he overpowered me. I eventually managed to scream and people who heard my voice came to chase him away. I don’t know what would have happened to me without the intervention of my neighbours,” the woman recounted her ordeal to City Round in Yoruba.
One of the old woman’s neighbours, who came her rescue, Ayoola Oluwasegun, hit the suspect on the back with a stick to let go of the victim.
He was said to have reported the case at the Agbado Police Station and the Divisional Police Officer, SP Kuranga Yero, led a team that launched a manhunt for the suspect.
It was gathered that the team arrested Bankole the following day and recovered his clothes and a torch he abandoned at the woman’s apartment while he escaped.
Bankole in a chat with pressmen, admitted to being drunk but denied raping the woman. “I swear, I didn’t have sex with the woman,” he declared.
When he was asked how his belongings got into the woman’s apartment, he said he had no idea.
“It was some vigilantes who beat me with sticks. I am a truck driver. The only thing that is not clear to me is how my clothes got into her room. It appears someone wanted to frame me up. I was drunk but I didn’t have sex with her. I knew the woman through my landlady. She normally visits my landlady.”