Some soldiers of the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigeria Army have been alleged to have gang-raped a 300L student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba (AAUA) in Ondo State.
Report made available to schoolworld, reveals the sad incident happened at the military checkpoint at Ilare-Akoko in Akoko North-East Local Government Area of Ondo State.
According to a source, the victim, 300 Level student of Religious and African Studies Department of AAUA, was on her way to Ikare-Akoko from campus when the incident happened.
The source identified one of the soldiers as Lance Corporal Sunday and also alleged that the victim was raped serially by the soldiers, adding that he was the one who ordered the victim to get down from a mini bus and took her into a cubicle at the back of the checkpoint where they allegedly raped her.
Also, a student of AAUA, who pleaded anonymity, stated that the soldiers at the Ikare checkpoint were fond of molesting female students who pass-by the checkpoint.
“We were coming from Akungba in a mini bus on Wednesday evening, on getting to the checkpoint, the soldier (Sunday) looked inside our taxi and pointed to the lady and ordered her to get down. We didn’t know why he did that. When the lady alighted, he took her to their mini-barracks and asked us to leave the scene.
“Out of fear we left the place, hoping that she will be released immediately but she was not released until after one hour later. After that, we discovered that she was serially raped by the soldiers at the checkpoint.
“Immediately we went to Ikare Police Station to report the incident and rushed her to Ondo State Specialist Hospital for examination and treatment. As I am talking to you, she is at the hospital.
Confirming the incident, a police source at the Ikare Police Station, who confirmed the incident, revealed that the issue was reported at the station at about 7.15pm on Wednesday, adding that the police had stepped into the matter.
“The matter was reported here but I won’t say more on it, when we complete our investigation, it would be sent to the headquarters in Akure,” the source stated.
The management of AAUA was also said to have begun investigation into the occurrence.