A 60 year-old mother, Francisca and her daughter, Marvelous are fighting for their life after they were attacked by a ritual rapist during the weekend at their home in Ibeshe, Ikorodu, Lagos State.
The unknown rapist who gained entry into the house of Mrs. Francisca through their window, raped and stabbed Francisca, while he brutalized the 10 year-old daughter for raising alarm. The assault lead to Marvelous losing her right eye in the process.
The suspected rapist was said to be an accomplice of another suspect identified only as Badoo, who was recently arrested by the police in the state.
Badoo, who was notorious for raping women in Ibeshe area of the state, had on June 5 barged into the flat of a Ghanaian, Grace Obina, and stabbed her to death after he raped her.
Following this, women, especially single mothers, ladies and widows are reportedly said to have been living in fear.
Some persons alleged that the masterminds of these attacks are the self-professed community leaders.
Confirming the incident to newsmen yesterday, the Lagos State Police Command spokesperson, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the police is currently on a manhunt for the suspected serial rapist.
“It was a case of assault occasioning harm.
“The rapist broke the girl (Marvelous’) lower jaw and blinded her right eye, leaving her and the mother to die.
“The victims were rushed by some neighbours to a hospital, from where Marvelous was later referred to the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Yaba.
“The victims are still receiving treatment. Efforts are on to apprehend the fleeing suspect,” the spokesperson added, noting that residents alerted some policemen from the Ipakodo division who visited the scene.
Speaking on the incident, a resident, Daniel, told reporters that the rape was an act of ritualism as the rapist forgot the handkerchief he used in wiping his victim’s genitals.
Daniel said, “I strongly believe that these rapists are using the handkerchiefs for rituals.
“Badoo, who was recently arrested, told the police that he had three other members perpetrating this act. Their mode of operation is the same.
“On that Saturday, the woman and her daughter were sleeping when he sneaked into their room through the window.
“He raped the 60-year-old woman and injured her. He also beat up her 10-year-old daughter to a coma. The girl’s eye is seriously affected.”Share on Facebook