By Dayo Johnson, Akure
16-year-old Jolade (surname withheld) didn’t know she had been dating a suspected cult member until the unexpected happened to her.
Whenever she remembers the ugly experience she allegedly went through in the hands of her boyfriend and three of his friends, she curses the day she met him.
Jolade was said to have been gang-raped by four suspected cultists including her boyfriend of over two years, Oluwole Seyi, 18.
Another girl, Tawa (surname withheld), said to be the girl friend of one of the other suspects, was also not spared as the boys allegedly had carnal knowledge of her in quick succession.
The three other suspected rapists were identified as Olayinka Andrew,18; Tobi Akindolapo, 17; and Ayomide Akinbinu, 18.
Sunday Vanguard gathered that the victim was deceived by her boyfriend who allegedly told her they were attending a party in Ondo town that night.
But unknown to her, the boyfriend had allegedly arranged with three of his friends to commit the dastardly act. On getting to the said party, the victim was said to have become apprehensive when there were no signs that a party was in the offing.
She reportedly raised eyebrows over the mode of dressing of her boyfriend and his friends who allegedly put on black shirts and trousers with red scarfs on their heads.
She, however, played along when she discovered that another lady was with the boys.
But suddenly the boys reportedly pounced on her and the other girl and the four of them had carnal knowledge of them.
The boyfriend, the police, quoting the victims, said, took the first shot before the others took their turns.
The suspects, it was alleged, ignored the girls’ cries for mercy. The victims reportedly bled profusely after the sexual assault.
Speaking with Sunday Vanguard on the arrest of the four suspected cultists who allegedly raped the girls, the Ondo State Police Command image maker, Wole Ogodo, said the suspects were arrested in Ondo town.
Ogodo said they were amongst the 14 suspected cultists arrested across the state.
He said the suspects had made confessional statements and would soon be charged to court.
According to him, 32 suspects were arrested in November by detectives across Ondo State for offences which include armed robbery, cultism, burglary, fraud and kidnapping.
The image maker said the suspects were arrested at three different locations- Akure, Owo and Ondo town.
He explained that detectives under the state Special Anti- Cultist Squad, SACS, swung into action following complaints lodged by victims and made the arrests.
Shedding more light on the two girls allegedly raped, Ogodo said Jolade’s boyfriend and his fellow suspected cultists were trying to initiate them into the Eiye cult group.
He alleged that investigations showed that the suspects had been responsible for murder, rape and stealing in Ondo, Owo and Akure towns.
The police image maker alleged that the boyfriend – Oluwole – confessed to be involved in stealing, rape among other vices, and that he was initiated into the Eiye confraternity in Lagos.
Ogodo said Andrew, who allegedly claimed to reside at No 51 Ayeyemi Street, Ondo, confessed to raping Jolade and Tawa.
Tobi and Ayomide of No 18 Ayeyemi Street, Ondo, according to him, also confessed doing same.
Breaking down the suspects arrested, Ogodo said they include six suspected armed robbers, three suspected burglars, one fraudster and four suspected kidnappers, alleging they had been terrorizing the people of the state.
According to him, two of the suspected armed robbers arrested used a truck to block the Lagos/ Ore Expressway to rob a lorry loaded with 800 cartons of fish.
The lorry was later recovered by detectives in Onitsha, Anambra State.