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Police Arrest Peace Corps Officer over Alleged Rape

The Osun Police Command said it had arrested a member of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), Mr Imran Olalekan, 24, for alleged rape.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, SP Folasade Odoro disclosed this to newsmen in Osogbo, the state capital.
Odoro said that the suspect committed the offense at St. Charles High School, Osogbo.
She said that the 17-year-old victim (names withheld), is an SSS III student of the school.
She said preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect had intercourse with the victim.
The PPRO said that the suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigation into the crime was concluded.
Narrating her ordeal to newsmen, the victim said the accused, after raping her inside one of the offices allocated to PCN, warned her not to tell anyone, else, she would die.
“On the sad day, I was in school very early with my friend when Olalekan made sign that one of us should come.
“Initially, I did not know I was the one he was calling but he later pointed at me and I went to him.
“I wore a shirt on my school uniform and because of that he threatened to punish me.
“I immediately knelt down and started begging him.
“He then pushed me inside the office and because it was still early, no student was near the office.
“He asked me if I was a virgin or I owned a cell phone, and I answered no.
“Despite pleading with him to let me go, he pulled my skirt and blocked my mouth with his hands and raped me.
“When he finished, he warned that if I tell anyone, I would die,’’ she said.
Olalekan, who initially denied the allegation, later admitted committing the act, “but not with force”.
“I slept with her but it was not forcefully. I did it with her consent,’’ he said. (NAN)

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