A bus driver, Akeem and his conductor, Sodiq are cooling off in police net for allegedly robbing and raping a 22-year-old job seeker in the Costain, Iponri area of the state. Akeem and Sodiq, along with two others still at large, had picked the victim, who hails from Otukpo, Benue State from the Obalende area, and were supposed to head for the Victoria Island where the victim reportedly had a job interview. It was learnt that the suspects allegedly diverted to the Costain, Iponri area, assuring their victim that they were only taking a different route to the island.
When the bus got to Costain, under the bridge, the four allegedly robbed her of her Automated Teller Machine card, her purse and other documents. The suspects also allegedly raped the lady before driving off. It was learnt that after the robbery, the victim went to report the matter at the Iponri Police Division. The suspects were found last Tuesday when members of a vigilance group in the area, who were also informed about the matter, nabbed the driver and his conductor and handed them over to the police.
An executive of the vigilance group, Ishola Musbau, said, “The case of a jobseeker being raped and robbed by miscreants was brought to our attention. It took us two weeks to fish out Akeem and Sodiq, and the victim identified them. “The driver and the conductor were apprehended at a hideout in Itumara, Costain, where they usually gathered for robbery operations.”
Police are still hunting for other fleeing members of the gang, while Akeem and Sodiq had already been charged to a magistrate’s court.