Oyo man rapes wife’s apprentice, traumatizes her as she commits suicide

A middle-aged man, simply known as Ajibode, has been alleged to have raped a sixteen-year-old girl, said to be the apprentice of his wife at their residence in Eruwa, Oyo State with the consequence of which the victim committed suicide after the incident, Vanguard reports.

Ajibode, Vanguard confirmed, who is a welder, was reported to have threatened to kill the minor if she revealed what happened to anyone.

The victim, who was a minor, had been learning fashion design from Ajibode’s wife while living with her boss to also assist her with domestic chores.

However, Ajibode was alleged to have raped her on June 23, 2023, while sleeping in a room at the couple’s residence.

The deceased was said to have been traumatised by the incident, which later led to her taking her life by drinking a substance suspected to be insecticide a few days after the rape.

However, her father Sunday Agbeloba alleged that the accused, who was arrested and later released by policemen at the Eruwa Police Station, is boasting that justice would not prevail in the matter.

“She had been staying with Ajibode and his wife for about six months and suddenly, we were told that she died.

“Later, we heard Ajibode had raped my daughter after which she drank an insecticide. This was confirmed by medical workers at the hospital she was taken to for treatment after she drank the insecticide.

“At the hospital, we were also told that before my daughter died, she said Ajibode raped her and that was what made her drink the insecticide.

“He raped my daughter and pushed her to commit suicide and he’s still very confident that he would go scot-free,” Agbeloba said.

Folake, the mother of the deceased told Vanguard that her late daughter once confided to her that Ajibode usually disturbed her while sleeping at night.

“Ajibode raped my daughter and he and his wife are trying to hide the crime that he committed. My daughter is gone because of what Ajibode did to her.

“She once told me that her boss’s husband usually disturbed her at night when she retired to sleep in their house.

“I wanted to make her come back home but also wanted her to finish her apprenticeship. Look at what they did to my child?” she said.

SP Adewale Osifeso, the Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, who confirmed the incident, said the case looked more like a case of rape.

“A case of homicide was reported at the Eruwa Divisional Police Headquarters. It is also more like a case of defilement,” Osifeso said.

He said investigations have been escalated and further updates would be provided accordingly.

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