The Nigerian Army has made it known that it has dismissed an officer accused of raping an undergraduate student of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), at a military checkpoint along Ikare Akoko-Akungba road, adding that it had handed over the suspect to the Ondo State Police Command for prosecution.
The 300L victim was allegedly gang-raped by soldiers attached to the 32 Artillety Brigade of the Nigerian Army, inside a shed at the checkpoint, while the student was returning from school.
It was initialy reported that the student was gang-raped but Army investigation later revealed that only one of the soldiers committed the offence.
Brig. Gen. Zarki Abubakar, Commander of the Brigade, had promised to transfer the case to the police after the accused soldier must have been sacked and the investigation concluded by the army.
According to a source in the barracks, “He has been sacked from service and he has been transferred to the police for prosecution. The army does not tolerate indiscipline”.
The Police Public Relations Officer of Ondo State, Femi Joseph, when contacted, confirmed the transfer and made it known that the suspect would soon be charged to court.
“I can confirm to you that the former soldier has been handed over to us, we will soon charge him to court,” the PPRO stated.