By Salim Yunusa
A 65-year-old man, Emmanuel Joseph has claimed that he was directed by a spirit to rape an Octogenarian woman in Ondo town, Ondo state.
The suspect now in police custody at the Yaba Division of Ondo town told newsmen during interview. Emmanuel claimed that his action” was not deliberate.
He said, “Please, forgive me. I don’t know what l am doing at that time. Something will tell me to steal or rape and I will do it. After that, I will be blaming myself for doing it. I don’t know what has come over me. I was just released from prison before the strike because of this bad behavior. I have been doing it for long. Please, forgive me,” he pleaded.
It was gathered that the suspect threatened the octogenarian with dagger before raping her and the victim’s telephone and money were reportedly also collected by the suspect at her residence located at Lotogbe street, in Ondo West council area of the state.
The victim according to report was alone in her house when the incident occurred.
An eyewitness, Julianah Owolabi told newsmen that “on the fateful day, the woman was in her room and the suspect came around the house pretending to pick herbs at the back of the house. lt was her cry that attracted the attention of the people on the street who forced the door opened and caught the suspect naked before they dragged him to the station.”
Owolabi said it took the intervention of the people to rescue the woman else the suspect might have ended up killing her. According to her, the suspect has been using dangerous weapons to rob people in the area.
A source in the neighbourhood said that the children of the victim have relocated the victim from the area. They alleged that the suspect had confessed to the crime while different phones, charms and dagger were also recovered from his house.
But the Police spokesperson, Tee Leo lkoro said no old woman had come forward to report any case of rape at the police station in the town.
Ikoro added that the suspect was only beaten by the people in the area for allegedly assaulting and stealing phones belonging to old women in the area. The suspect according to him will be charged to court for assault and stealing.