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Police arrest Corps member over rape of UNIOSUN undergraduate. By John Dike

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Osun State police command has arrested a serving National Youth Corps member identified as Soji Ezekiel, for allegedly raping an undergraduate of Osun State University, Osogbo.

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The female victim (names withheld) was said to have gone to Soji’s room behind Nawarudeen Primary School, Oke-Baale area, Osogbo Local Government Area of the state to charge her phone when Soji allegedly took advantage of the power outage in the area to forcefully carry out the dastardly act.

Reports said that the student lives off-campus and had gone to charge her phone in Soji’s apartment with her friend on the night of Friday, February 16, 2024.

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After the two ladies got into the suspect’s place, the victim’s friend reportedly left the room immediately after plugging her phone to attend to other things but before she could return to check her phone, her friend had been screaming in the room as Soji, also known as SOJ, allegedly raped her twice.

The corps member who was said to be serving in Ilorin, Kwara State, but often visits Osogbo whenever he is on break, allegedly threatened to kill the victim with a bottle if she fails to allow him satisfy his sexual desire.

It was further learnt that the suspect refused to open his door when neighbours were banging it repeatedly and trying to rescue the female undergraduate.

According to a witness account, it was after a vigilante officer in the area visited Soji’s apartment with a gun and shot into the air, that the suspect opened the door and freed the victim in the wee hours of Saturday, February 17.

A team of policemen later arrived at the scene and arrested Soji.

Some residents notified a human rights activist, Citizen Lola Wey who followed the matter up and brought it to the attention of the state government.

The victim, our correspondent learnt had been taken to the hospital for necessary medical examination and treatment.

When our Correspondent contacted Soji on the telephone to get his own side of the story, he neither admitted nor denied the accusations, saying the State Criminal Investigation Department had taken over the matter.

However the case is already with the State CID for further investigation.

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