Two teenagers were on Tuesday detained by the Oyo State Police Command for reportedly raping a 17-year-old girl and recording the incident on their phones.
The two friends, after raping the victim, were said to have sent the video of the sexual act to another friend, who demanded sex from the girl so as not to upload the film on social media.
The three friends were among 30 suspected criminals detained by the command, according to a statement released on Tuesday night by the State’s Police Public Relations Officer, Adewale Osifeso.
The statement read: “On October 24, 2022, at about 12pm, the victim, (name withheld) ‘f’ 17yrs visited her friend Joshua Adegoke ‘m’, age 18 years at his residence where she met one Peter Akintunde ‘m’, age 18 years.
“At Joshua’s place, she was given a bottle of soft drink after which she was invited to his room for sex an offer which she declined. In a bid to salvage what she sensed was becoming trouble, she innocently asked Peter, Joshua’s friend to prevail on his friend but instead, Peter advised her to offer Joshua what he demanded.
“At this point, both friends took turns to forcefully and unlawfully have carnal knowledge of their victim while simultaneously recording the act. After this, Joshua deliberately transferred the video footage to another friend, one Oluwanjoba Adetona, who also reached out to the victim demanding sex in exchange for not uploading the footage on social media.
“The suspects have voluntarily confessed to the crime and are helping with the investigation”, the statement added.
Alongside the three suspects, the PPRO reported the arrest of another 27 individuals for a variety of crimes, including kidnapping, robbery, and others.
According to reports, the police also found ammunition and a pistol built in the area.
The statement further read, “In the same vein, the command’s focus shall be beamed on correctional facilities, banks, media houses, schools, public infrastructures, major landmarks, business districts, places of worship and recreational facilities.
“Parents, guardians and leaders wielding degrees of influence are advised to prevail on their children, wards and protégés against being used as canon-fodders for the process as decisive actions would be taken on anyone caught disrupting the enviable level of relative tranquillity enjoyed in the state”, it concluded.