by ‘Jola Sotubo
Two men in Lagos have been arrested by operatives of the police force after reports that they had raped and killed a teenage prostitute.
John-Paul Chukwuebuka, 19 and Ebuka Chimudi, 22 are said to have approached 18-year-old Oluwatosin Ami who subsequently took them into her room at a hotel in the Orile area of the state.
The duo then pounced on the girl and kept her silent with a piece of cloth in her mouth after which they took turns raping her.
The suspects are said to have stated that they had perpetrated the act before but none of their victims had ever died.
Oluwatosin was approached by the suspects and she took them into her room at the hotel which she secured at the cost of N3, 500 per day. The suspects were said to have overpowered Oluwatosin and stuffed a cloth in her mouth to prevent her from screaming. She was also bound by the hands, while the suspects took turns in raping her.
Afterwards, the suspects were said to have stolen her phone and money before locking her inside the room. The suspects were also said to have taken the key of the room and tossed it into a canal.
A relative of the deceased said the following morning, when the hotel attendants wanted to clean the hotel rooms, they knocked on the door of the room where Oluwatosin was, but there was no response. It was learnt that the attendants then used a spare key to open the door and the corpse of Oluwatosin was found.
Her father, Babatunde, told PUNCH Metro that the matter was reported at the Orile Police Station and his daughter’s corpse was taken to the Mainland Hospital, Yaba. Babatunde said he had no idea that his daughter was a commercial sex worker. He said the family had been looking for her since December last year and had reported her missing at the Adeniji Adele Police Division on the Lagos Island.
“Her mother and I called her on the telephone several times, but she would say she was fine and putting up in a friend’s place. She used to visit her grandmother, but in January, she stopped picking calls.
The mother of the deceased said the deceased was her first born and she had only two children remaining. She said she did her best as a parent and wondered why her daughter chose such a lifestyle.
The suspects, in their statements, confessed to killing Oluwatosin, but said it was by mistake.
They said they only played a minor role in the crime as the prime suspects were still at large. The police explained that 19-year-old Chukwuebuka was arrested by members of the Odua Peoples Congress at City Point Hotel, Apapa, where he had gone to commit a similar crime.
Through Chukwuebuka’s confession, Chimudi was arrested. Chukwuebuka identified other suspects as Williams, Victor, Joshua and Kojo.
He said, “We have been doing this thing for a while now. We have operated in brothels in Ajegunle and Kirikiri. I have raped over five girls, but none of them died. “We operate in hotels where there is loud music and many rooms. We usually use rooms that are not located on the ground floor so if a victim shouts, no one would hear her.”
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