A commercial tricycle operation in Benin City has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and rape.
Akpan Confidence, 24, used his tricycle to trap, robbed and raped his passengers.
He was arrested around Sapele road in Benin city by men of the Edo State police command.
Standard Gazette gathered that an undergrad of one of the tertiary institutions in Edo State hired Akpaon on 23 July 2021 to Ugbor area towards Airport road.
He was engaged around 8 pm.
Halfway into the journey, Confidence diverted to an alone and quiet road, claiming the road was not motorable.
SG gathered that minutes later, Confidence brought up a cutlass and threatened to slaughter his passenger and have her buried on the spot.
Standard Gazette crime correspondent Festus Alenkhe gathered that the young girl was robbed of her cash and iPhone.
The incident took a different tune when Confidence demanded to have sex with his victim, leading to a struggle.
The suspect overpowered his victim and allegedly raped her in an uncompleted building, and fled the scene.
The victim, whose name is not mentioned due to the sensitivity of the case, told Standard Gazette that "I called the "Keke NAPEP" man to carry me towards where I can get a taxi to Sapele Road.
"We agreed, and he took me only for me to see him with çutlass, insisting that he must sleep with me or have me killed.
"I have no choice than to surrender quickly. He slept with me in the bush, which has an uncompleted building.
"I begged him, and he refused to allow me to go. He later left me in the bush and collected the little money I had".
Standard Gazette learned that the suspect was arrested in Benin City two weeks after allegedly committing the crime.
Confidence said, "I regret my action, I am ashamed" when asked why he committed the crime. He added, "I really don't know what came over me for the rape and the robbery."
Edo state Public Relations Officer SP Bello Kontongs, who confirmed the incident, said the suspect was arrested through high technical intelligence.
SP Bello Kontongs assured that the police would profile the suspect to ascertain if he has been involved in the attack and robbery of innocent persons in Edo state.
The suspect is to be charged to court soon for rape and armed robbery.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.