Sexagenarian, 18-year-old rape victim commit suicide in Osun, Bayelsa - SALIENT TIMES ONLINE

Sexagenarian, 18-year-old rape victim commit suicide in Osun, Bayelsa

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A 68-year-old man identified as Amos Ojedapo had committed suicide at his residence in Ile Atepatan compound, Ejigbo area of Osun State.



The deceased, it was gathered hanged himself with a rope on the burglary proof of his window in his room.


It was also gathered that the brother of the deceased had gone to the police station in Ejigbo to report the case yesterday.

According to a source, the brother of the deceased, Afolabi Rafiu went to the police station at about 9:40 a.m. to report the case of his brother’s suicide.


When contacted, the Commissioner of Police, Osun State, Johnson Kokumo, said the case is under investigation.


Meanwhile, the police in Bayelsa State yesterday confirmed that an 18-year-old girl committed suicide after a gang rape by three unidentified men.

Spokesman of the state police command, Alex Akhigbe, told newsmen in Yenagoa that the girl killed herself in Amarata, Yenagoa Local Government Area.


“I believe the deceased decided to hang herself due to the attending shame and stigmatisation she experienced after the rape incident,” Akhigbe said.


He added that the command had launched investigation into the alleged rape charges filed by the deceased family.


One of the family members, who pleaded for anonymity, said that the girl was reportedly gang-raped last week. “She was on an errand for her elder sister when she was allegedly raped at gun point by three boys who forced her into an uncompleted building.


“The girl was devastated after the incident. After some days she told her sister and the husband her experience; her sister’s husband who is a pastor asked her to describe any of her attackers. She described one of the boys, but the boy could not be found. The pastor promised to pursue the matter to the court.


“She swallowed a poisonous substance known as Sniper and she was discovered while groaning in pain and rushed to the GloryLand Hospital. The victim was discovered through the note she dropped before taking the poisonous substance,” the source said.