For fear that the police might free an alleged serial rapist, Badoo, residents of Owode Ibeshe in Ikorodu yesterday took to the streets to protest. Badoo was arrested on Tuesday.
We learnt that the people caught and mobbed a young man alleged to be the real ‘Badoo’ who attacked a woman.
The suspect was the fourth arrested by the residents in the last four months, with one of them lynched to death.
Walking through Simart gas station to Peace Estate and Ilaje Street, they claimed that the rapists have in the past two weeks, threatening residents and leaving signatures in houses they have visited or intend to visit.
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Ipakodo ensured the protest did not get out of hands.
He assured that the command was investigating the matter, adding that the suspect was still receiving treatment at the hospital.
The protesters claimed the new development has forced them to keep vigil between 12 and 4am to protect their wives, daughters and children.
It was gathered that an alleged rapist, two weeks ago, scaled the fence of a building on Ilaje Street, gaining entrance into the compound through the kitchen, sexually abusing his victim (names withheld) whose spouse was away.
According to the victim’s landlady, Mrs Fatosin, she only knew about the incident in the morning, while trying to switch on the pumping machine.
She said: “I don’t know how it happened. I was already dressed and was prepared to go to the office around 7am when our light was restored. I decided to call the attention of my tenants to switch on the pumping machine. The machine is close to her window. So, as I was walking towards the place to see if someone has gone to on the machine, I discovered that the whole window net and window has been removed.
“I quickly peeped and saw her lying ‘lifelessly’ on the floor in a pool of blood. That was how I raised the alarm and she was rushed to the hospital. She has been in coma for the past two weeks. She is presently receiving treatment at the Lagos State University teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja.
“This is getting out of hand. The rapist raped a seven-year-old girl last month. It cut across the female gender. We are not safe; we want the Lagos State governor to come to our aid.”
According to one Mrs Anuoluwapo, the latest suspect, currently in police custody, came to her shop and demanded sachet water and sweets, but ended up entering the compound where he was caught.
She said: “I was inside my shop when the man came to me that he wanted to buy water and sweets. He gave me N200 and I gave him his balance. After 30 minutes, a woman came to me and told me the man I sold water to has just jumped over the fence to the back of my house which is in the same compound with my shop.
“I got confused because my children were the only ones inside the room. I rushed to call my neighbour who helped me call the chairman but he didn’t pick his call. We later had to run towards the road side and saw two of them.
“We called the guy and asked him to tell us what he went to do in the compound. He claimed to have used the toilet. We went to the toilet but we didn’t see any traces.
“He was about to escape when people caught him and beat him up. We later discovered some marks on the floor round the compound yesterday and three other houses have discovered similar marks too. We presume it is their new method. We want the government to help us deploy security personnel,” she pleaded.