The management of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba in Ondo State, has condemned the alleged gang-rape on one of the institution’s undergraduate students by soldiers of the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army which were attached to a checkpoint on the Akungba Akoko-Ikare Akoko Road.
The victim, who is a 300L student of the institution, was allegedly gang-raped by some soldiers at the checkpoint last Wednesday.
According to reports, the victim was forced to alight from a commercial mini bus and allegedly dragged into a cubicle by the soldiers on duty at the checkpoint and serially raped her.
The soldiers, who allegedly perpetrated the evil act, have been arrested by the brigade, while the army had commenced investigation into the matter.
However, AAUA, in a statement on Sunday by the school’s acting Registrar, Opeoluwa Akinfemiwa, called on the authorities of the Army to prosecute the soldiers involved in the evil act.
“The university, after its preliminary investigation, noted with concern and amazement that soldiers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, whose duty, among others, is to protect the lives of citizens, can turn around to exhibit such reprobate tendencies.
“The university, while commending the swift action taken so far by the Brigade Commander on this inhuman and brazen assault on a defenceless and innocent student, calls on the authorities of the Nigerian Army to deal decisively with the perpetratrors of the act against humanity,” part of the statement reads.
AAUA advised the army to dismantle the checkpoint at Ikare, where the crime was allegedly committed, and move the soldiers attached to it to Oba-Akoko and Ido Ani areas in the Ose Local Government Area of the state, where kidnapping was rampant.
The institution also called on the students to remain calm while investigate was ongoing into the matter.