Police arrest Peace Corps officer over alleged rape

Nigeria, October 2016

The Osun Police Command said it had arrested a member of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), Mr Imran Olalekan, 24, for alleged rape.

SP Folasade Odoro, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, disclosed this to newsmen on Thursday in Osogbo.

Odoro said that the suspect committed the offense at St. Charles High School, Osogbo.

She said that the 17-year-old victim (names withheld), is an SSS III student of the school.

She said preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect had intercourse with the victim.

The PPRO said that the suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigation into the crime was concluded.

Narrating her ordeal to newsmen, the victim said the accused, after raping her inside one of the offices allocated to PCN, warned her not to tell anyone, else, she would die.

“On the sad day, I was in school very early with my friend when Olalekan made sign that one of us should come.

“Initially, I did not know I was the one he was calling but he later pointed at me and I went to him.

“I wore a shirt on my school uniform and because of that he threatened to punish me.

“I immediately knelt down and started begging him.