A middle-aged woman and a mother of three, Mrs Bukola Olarenwaju, was allegedly raped and strangled at the Olorunda area of Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital on Thursday.
Accusing fingers have been pointed at a neighbour of the deceased, whose belonging was said to have been found at the scene of the killing, even as he had disappeared since the incident happened.
Sources said the husband of the woman had gone to work while her children were away at holiday classes leaving her alone at home when the incident occurred.
The perpetrator was said to have broken into the woman’s room where he raped her and killed her in the process.
Sources said one of the children of the deceased saw the neighbour on a bike while returning from school on Thursday but was unsuspecting of any occurrence at home at that moment.
The spokesperson for Ekiti State Police Command, Caleb Ikechukwu, who confirmed the incident, said that the perpetrator, “after raping the woman, also strangled her.”
Ikechukwu said medical examination conducted on the deceased at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital confirmed that she was raped before being strangled by her assailant.
“Medical examination confirmed the above but we have not been able to ascertain who actually committed the crime and what actually led to that.
“Apart from this, we saw condom and semen within the scene where the crime was committed, which also substantiated the fact she was actually raped.
“We were told that a man, who was a neighbour actually did it and fled. We are yet to arrest the man, but proper security arrangements have been made that would ensure speedy arrest of the suspect”.
Ikechukwu said the deceased’s husband had deposited the corpse at EKSUTH morgue while investigation was ongoing on the matter.