The rape fever which has gripped the nation over the last couple of months continued to build in the evening of Saturday when the macheted body of a 21-year-old female student of the Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, Oyo State, Grace Oshiagwu, was discovered in Akinyele local government area of the state.
The Oyo State Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed the incident in a statement issued in Ibadan on Sunday.
Fadeyi, who could not confirm the rape angle, said that the deceased was macheted on the head in a church building in Idi-ori area of Shasha, off expressway, by unknown assailants at about 3 p.m. on Saturday.
The PPRO said that investigation into the death of the deceased had begun and the force’s tactical teams were on the trail of the assailant(s).
“While efforts have been intensified, we want to solicit for credible information from members of the communities around the area and the general public, to enable us to unravel the misery behind these dastard killings,” Fadeyi said.
He said that the corpse of the deceased had been deposited at Adeoyo State Hospital, Ring Road, Ibadan, for autopsy.
Agency reports say a source, who pleaded anonymity, confirmed that Oshiagwu was raped and macheted to death.
There have been frequent killings and rape cases in the Akinyele local government area of Ibadan in recent months.
An 18-year-old Barakat Bello was reportedly raped and killed on May 31, by unknown hoodlums.
Similarly, a 29-year-old woman, Azeezat Shomuyiwa, said to be seven months pregnant, was killed on June 5 in that axis.