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Police arrest tenant who raped, killed landlady in Ekiti

...I did it out of provocation - suspect

Priscilla Ofunre, Ado-Ekiti

A man, Tunmise Abraham, 39, who allegedly raped and killed his landlady, Mrs. Bukola Olanrewaju, in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, has been arrested by the police in the state.

Mrs. Olanrewaju, a tailor and mother of three, was killed, last Thursday, by Tunmise, a native of  Ikole-Ekiti, in Ikole Local Government Area of the state.

The Command also arrested two serial rapists, Babalola Olaniyo and Olupinla Dotun, who raped a girl at Olorunda area of Ado-Ekiti metropolis last week.

The Police Commissioner, Mr. Asuquo Amba, said Tunmise was arrested at a church, in Akure, after linking up with the family.

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“The suspect after committing the offence ran to Akure. He took refuge in a Church and that was where he was arrested .

“He had immediately called his family and told them why he did not come to their place. He said he had killed somebody in Ado-Ekiti.

“We had already done our homework and garnered that her sister is selling chemicals and police detectives had to trick her that they wanted to buy something from her. It was her sister who later led us to where he was,” he said.

The police boss said all the suspects would be prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others.

Confessing that he actually committed the offence, Tunmise said he did it out of provocation.

Tunmise said the deceased had allegedly provoked her over disagreement on house rent with the husband of the woman, Mr. Raphael Olanrewaju, an indigene of Igogo-Ekiti from Moba Local Government Area

He denied the accusation that he raped the landlady to death, explaining that he only hit her on the head with a big stick before making efforts to tie her hands to make her go weak during a fisticuff.

“I called her that day that I wanted to leave the house after paying N23,000 in June and this will last till next year May for one year house rent and I said that the husband  needed to refund part of my money to get another apartment, but the woman said that would never happen.

“We started the argument and she started calling me names. She abused me by calling me a stammerer, charlatan and other unprintable names, which angered me. She later held my cloth and I slapped her and pushed her away from me.

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“The woman now came with a stick and I overpowered her and collected the stick, which I used to hit her on the head and she fell .

“Upon realising she had died, I became worried and I had to run to a church in Akure for refuge.”

The deceased husband, Mr. Raphael Olanrewaju, said the disagreement  he had with the suspect had been resolved when his family paid a sum of N23,000 house rent, comprising the new and backlog of debt he owed.

“He had misunderstanding with my wife but it was settled. I never knew he had the intention to kill her.

“He killed my wife around 11am when everybody, including me and my three kids had left home.

“It was my little girl who discovered that he was the one who did it. When police came to search his room, we saw a lot of incriminating goods that suggested that he was an armed robbery.

“I never knew I was harbouring an armed robber since he came to my house last year.

“All I want is that the law must take its course”, he said.