Luck ran out on suspected member of a group of serial rapists on Wednesday when he was allegedly caught trying to rape a Sales girl at Adagharagbe junction near Ughelli Central Market in Delta state.
It was gathered that the suspect was apprehended by the residents of the area and set ablaze by an angry mob.
A resident, who witnessed the incident said that there had been a lot of killings and rape by a group of young men who targeted salesgirls and female traders within Ughelli and its environs. The source further noted that the suspected rapist had confessed that he was a member of a three-member gang that raped salesgirls and female traders in the community.
The suspect, who hailed from Oroahakpor community in Ethiope-West Local Government Area of the state, reportedly said other members of the gang fled on sighting the mob.
Another eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “The hoodlums pretended to be customers buying things in bulk and that was why they were allowed to enter the store. The next thing we heard was the screaming of the salesgirl and we immediately rushed in only to see that that she had been attacked; she was bleeding. The mob pursued the suspects, who had fled the scene. They caught up with one of them at the Omotor Junction, where he was set ablaze before the arrival of security agents.”
The salesgirl, while at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Ughelli Central Hospital where she was receiving treatment recounted her ordeal saying the suspects came under the guise of wanting to purchase items from the store. She said, “One of them hit me on the head and I screamed.I was rescued by a male neighbour, who rushed to the shop, after the suspects had fled the scene.”
The suspected group of rapists, according to residents, specializes in raping and attacking salesgirls and middle-aged women and no fewer than according to residents, specialises in raping and attacking salesgirls and middle-aged women in which one of the victims lost her life in the process.