40-year-old Teacher Arrested In Ogun State for Raping Underage Girls

In a recent development, the Ogun State Police Command apprehended a 40-year-old secondary school teacher, Olaniran Adewale, on allegations of sexually assaulting young girls. The official spokesperson for the state police command, SP Omolola Odutola, confirmed the arrest. Adewale, prior to his apprehension, served as a Mathematics teacher at Ebenezer Grammar School, located in Iberekodo, Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun state. He hails from the Ipokia Local Government Area of the same state.

The arrest stemmed from a report made on November 4, 2023, by Mrs. Kazeem Wonuola, a Director in the Ministry of Women Affairs, who suspected a case of rape. She detailed that Lateef Olaniran, aged 40 and residing at 50 Ifelodun Street, Obantoko, Abeokuta, had been luring innocent girls to his residence, where he allegedly sexually assaulted them. Shockingly, on the day the police pursued the suspect, he was allegedly caught in the act, necessitating police intervention to rescue his victim.

Commissioner of Police CP Alamutu Abiodun, renowned for his zero tolerance of sexual offenses, assured that the suspect would face the consequences once the investigation concludes. The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Motunrayo Adeleye, also expressed her concerns on the matter through her social media platform.

She disclosed that a member of her team was alerted by one of the victims, prompting immediate action to investigate the case. The team facilitated medical tests, filed a police report, and, with law enforcement’s assistance, apprehended the suspect in his residence. The victim accused Olaniran Lateef Adewale of forcibly engaging in sexual intercourse and issuing threats against her life unless she arranged for her family to send him money. Olaniran is presently detained at the Ogun State Command Headquarters while the investigation continues.

Governor Dapo Abiodun strongly condemned rape, emphasizing that it is a criminal offense in the state. He urged victims of such incidents to promptly report them to the ministry. In a statement shared by his Special Assistant on New Media, Emmanuel Ojo, the governor assured that both the government and law enforcement agencies are fully committed to addressing this issue head-on and ensuring that justice prevails.


Ademola Adeyemi

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