The Osun State Police Command, on Wednesday, confirmed the arrest of a Beninois farmer, whose name could not be immediately ascertained, who allegedly assaulted a 70-year-old community leader identified simply as Mrs Adunni in Iwoye Ijesa town.

The victim, who claimed to be a chieftaincy title holder in Iwoye, during an interview with PUNCH Metro, said the incident happened on Tuesday, when she was returning from her farm.

Adunni, who said on her way home, she observed that the suspect was running behind her, added that she also ran, but fell down along the way, and the farmer used that opportunity to attempt raping her, which she resisted.

She said, “I had no money on me, and I decided to go to the farm to harvest plantain.”

“While on my way, a young man from Cotonu, Benin Republic working as labourer on a farm for someone in our community waylaid me and assaulted me.”

“I observed someone was running behind me, but I never thought he was running to catch up with me. I also ran a bit, but I fell along the way. It was when I fell that he tried to force himself on me. I resisted him. We struggled for some minutes. He bit me on several parts of my body.”

“I am presently at a hospital receiving treatment. I want justice. I am a 70-year-old widow. He attempted to rape me. Police have arrested him.”

When contacted, the state police command Public Relations Officer, Yemisi Opalola, on Wednesday, confirmed the arrest of the suspect.

“He has been arrested. He is being detained in Ijebu Jesa Division. He will be transferred to the headquarters soonest for further investigation into the matter,” Opalola said

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