AAUA Female Student Allegedly Gang-rape By Soldiers At Checkpoint

Some soldiers have allegedly raped a female student (name withheld) of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko.

The incident allegedly happened on Wednesday evening at the military checkpoint at Ikare Akoko in Akoko North - East Local Government Area of Ondo State.

According to a source , the soldiers, who were attached to the Ikare Akoko checkpoint , allegedly raped the lady , a 300- level student at AAUA , while she was returning from the campus.

The source , who identified one of the soldiers, alleged that the soldiers took turns to sexually assault the victim .

He said one of the soldiers at the checkpoint allegedly ordered the victim to get down from a vehicle she and others were travelling in , and took her into a cubicle at the back of the checkpoint where the soldiers allegedly forcefully had sex with her.

A student of the institution who witnessed the incident but who did not want her name in print for fear of intimidation and harassment confirmed the incident.

She said , “We went to Ikare Police Station to report the incident and then rushed her to Ondo State Specialist Hospital , Ikare - Akoko, for examination and treatment.
“ As I ’ m talking to you , she is at the hospital and doctors confirmed that she was raped . ”

The eyewitness said it was not the first time such a thing would be happening at the military checkpoint in the town .

A Police source at the Ikare Police Station, who confirmed that the incident was reported at the station around 7 : 15 p . m. on Wednesday, said the Police had stepped into the matter .

The source confirmed that the name of a Lance Corporal was mentioned in the statement written by the complainant .

“ 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 ,” he stated .

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Command , Mr . Femi Joseph, however , said he was not aware of the incident.

The management of the AAUA said it had commenced investigation into the matter and had constituted a panel of inquiry to examine the allegation.

The Head of Media and Protocol Unit of the university, Mr . Victor Akinpelumi , confirmed that the management of the institution was aware of the incident and had initiated an investigation into it .

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