A 36 year old commercial taxi driver identified as John Madu has been arrested by the Police at Obehie community in Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State after he allegedly raped a female passenger.
The lady whose name could not be ascertained was said to be a female passenger returning to Obehie from Lagos to meet her parents before the incident happened.
The Nation gathered that all the entreaties made by the lady to the driver not to rape her as she claimed to be a virgin failed on deaf ears as he went on to force himself on the lady and defiled her.
It was learnt that luck ran out on Madu (driver) when the lady who had hid in a nearby bush after being raped told a Patrol team of police personnel on night duty within the area how she was forcefully raped by the suspect.
A source disclosed that the lady was returning from Lagos after she had gone to Lagos to try her luck but didn’t succeed as she (the rape victim) said that she earns more money in her parents’ location than what she was being paid in Lagos and so, felt that there was no need staying in Lagos.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ezekiel Udeviotu Onyeke narrating Police account of the incident said “The girl whose name we can’t give out to the public boarded car to Owerri, Imo State where she picked another vehicle to Aba, Abia State and on getting to Aba, it was already late. But being determined to go home and meet her parents who are staying around Obehie, she boarded a cab from Flyover (a popular bus stop in Aba) to Obehie.
“She was the only passenger inside the vehicle. The driver told the lady that he had ran out of fuel, but the lady told him not to stop his vehicle until they get to a place where they can sight people’s house.
“While they were still driving, the driver asked the girl which church she attends. The lady told him and the driver told the lady that he is a member of the same church. That made the lady felt at home and while they were still driving, he asked the lady if she will marry him, but the girl politely told him that marriage are not contracted on the road. That if he is serious with his proposal, he should come to see her people with his people as custom demands. It was at that point that the driver stopped on the road and the lady having sensed danger, opened the door and took to her heels. She was swiftly pursued by the driver who caught up with her and then forced himself on the lady even when she told him that he was a virgin and had vowed that it will be her husband that will break her virginity.
“The man after raping her slept off and while he was sleeping, the lady for fear of being raped the second time, ran out of the car to hide a bush and when the police team Operation Safer Highway saw the car and was asking the driver why he parked there, the lady having noticed their presence told her story and the boy was arrested by the police team.”
Onyeke said that the matter had already been handed over to the State CID for further interrogation and would soon been arraigned before the court when investigation must have been concluded.
In a related development, Abia State Police Command has confirmed that a 15year old girl, a native of Iyi-enyi village, Isieke Ibeku in Umuahia North Local Government Area of the state have been raped to death by a three man gang.
She was raped by one Ndubuisi Nwogu and his syndicates; Chinasa Ufuomadu and Francis Onwoborob after they forcefully overpowered her to have their way.
It was learnt that the victim and the sister went to the Central Police Station along Bende Road, in Umuahiato report the matter.
It was also learnt that the parents of the victim who were not around when the incident happened scolded the lady for walking on the road alone at night after Nwogu who had made several advances on her had threatened to deal with her.
The young lady who could not withstand the continued scolding of her mother evaded the family’s morning devotion that fateful day to hang herself.
The victims are still at large, according to the Police Public Relations Officer, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent.
The rape suspect is the Taxi driver, while the lady is the one that committed suicide after she was raped