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Monday, September 25, 2023

Ondo Police nabs palmwine tapper over death of Octogenarian




The Ondo State Police Command on Saturday said it had arrested a man, identified as Sunday, in connection with the death of an 80-year-old woman in the state.

The body of the octogenarian was found inside her farm in the Costain axis of the local government following suspicion that she had been raped before her assailants murdered her.

Before her body was discovered, the deceased had been declared missing since last Wednesday, when she failed to return home after leaving her farm.

A source within the community argued that the victim was raped to death, particularly in the position in which her corpse was discovered.

One of the sources hinted that there had been cases of rape in the community in recent times, a situation she said had prevented most of the women in the community from going to the farm alone.

The source added that a suspect, Sunday, who is a popular palm wine tapper within the community, had been arrested by some youths after the mobile phone of the deceased elderly woman was found on him.

The suspect was said to have revealed during interrogation that the victim was allegedly attacked and killed by suspected herders.

However, the suspect has been handed over to the police at Costain for investigation.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, confirmed the incident and said the suspect was already in the police net.

”Yes, I can confirm that the suspect is in our custody, he will soon be charged to court after the completion of the investigation,” the PPRO stated.