A fleeing suspected rapist, identified simply as Badoo, who allegedly raped and killed a 27-year-old Ghanaian, Grace Obinna, at Ibeshe in Ikorodu area of Lagos State, almost lost his life yesterday. On Thursday, residents of Oke Ota protested Obinna’s alleged murder. While attempting to rape Obinna, who had a nine-month-old, Badoo knocked out the victim’s teeth. Members of the community yesterday saw the suspect or someone who looked like him and swooped on him.
They were about to lynch him when operatives of the Rapid Respond Squad (RRS) got to the scene and saved him. But the police had a hectic time wresting the suspect from the angry mob which was bent on lynching and setting him ablaze. Not satisfied, the mob descended on the palace of the Olu of Ibeshe.
They vandalised the palace, according to sources. The people were angry that the suspect initially took refuge in the palace. The mob then accused the monarch of shielding the suspected rapist cum killer. A police source said: “He has just been picked at Ibeshe, Ikorodu by members of the community.
The residents wanted to carry out jungle justice on the suspect, but police rescued him.” A resident, Segun Ogundeji, said: “Someone has been arrested, purportedly being the rapist. But with the situation on ground now, I can’t confirm he is the rapist. But he is in the palace of the Olu of Ibeshe.
We have been trying to manage a mammoth crowd for over four hours now. The crowd is insisting on lynching the person. “But as members of the community, we are insisting that justice should take its course. We are looking for a way to help the police to ferry him away and carry out their investigation.
I have been liaising between the police and the palace, so I haven’t been able to speak with the suspect, to know whether he is denying or accepting that he is the serial rapist.” Another resident, Adenike, said: “We don’t know the power this man is using. He used to sneak into ladies’ apartment to rape them.
He would later wipe their vagina with a handkerchief.” Residents alleged that Badoo had raped two other women before Obinna. He allegedly used to inflict knife cuts on his victims after raping them. Obinna, a mother of one, was raped and killed on Sunday last week.
The escapades of Badoo forced many women to start fleeing the community. Badoo was able to gain entry into Obinna’s apartment by entering through the window, while her husband was not at home. He reportedly struck her head with a weapon.
Obinna’s screams alerted neighbours, who rushed into the room. However, before they got there, Badoo had fled, leaving Obinna and her baby all bloodied. Some residents said that Obinna would have lived; if not that she was rejected in hospitals she was rushed to.
She was confirmed dead at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja. The Chairman of the Landlords’ Association, Pastor Abayomi Adelakun, alleged that Badoo attempted to rape an 86-year-old woman in the community a week before Obinna was raped and killed.
When she resisted, he injured her in the nose. The woman was rushed to a hospital. Luckily, she survived the attack. The Baale of Oke Ota community, Chief Awoyemi Tijani, said his wife also could not sleep at home because of the attacks. He said: “Nobody has seen him in the daytime. I don’t know what he looks like.