A 60-year-old man has been arrested by the Ogun State Police for allegedly raping a mentally ill married woman.
Punch reports that the incident which happened in the Ifo area of Ogun State could have sent Bankole to his death after Muhammed almost butchered him after catching him with the woman identified as Tope.
It was gathered that the timely intervention of other residents saved Bankole, a trailer driver from the angry Muhammed, a security man who was bent on killing him.
The suspect was said to have fled the scene but was later arrested after Abdullahi reported the case at the Ifo Police Division.
Abdullahi, an indigene of Kano State, narrated that Bankole took advantage of his wife’s mental condition to rape her.
“My wife has a mental problem which started during her first marriage. She had a surgery that time, but there was a complication which led to the problem. Her ex-husband rejected her, saying he could not live with a mentally-ill person.
Her family had taken her to different prayer houses for a solution to no avail before I came into the picture. I assisted them with money and they decided to hand her over to me in marriage.
I made sure she stayed indoors always. All she does is to cook and wash my clothes. However, once in a month, she goes to visit her mother and returns.
We have a child together, who is about two years old. Her condition is improving, but she is not totally sound yet.
On the day of the incident, I had returned from my trip when I met him on top of my wife. I had a cutlass and a knife at home and I wanted to kill him. But I had a rethink and I decided to hold him.
But he tore my clothes and bit me. He fought me and took hold of the cutlass; I held him. We were fighting when people separated us and he escaped.
However, I held on to his trousers, which contained his driving license, some cash, phones and ATM cards. I used the items as my evidence. I reported the matter to the police station after which he was arrested.”
The 24-year-old Tope, an indigene of Osun State, confirmed that Bankole had raped her after he gave her N200.
“I have never met the man before. That day, he entered our compound and asked if I wanted to eat and I said yes. He gave me N200 and went away.
He later returned and asked me to undress and I did. He put me on the bed and had sex with me."
"I knew he wasn’t my husband, but I couldn’t shout or do anything. Then my husband entered and caught him.
The two men started fighting. I ran downstairs to call people. Our neighbours separated them.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, has confirmed the incident, adding that the suspect would be charged to court soon.