Soldiers from the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigeria Army, attached to the Military checkpoint in Ikare Akoko, in Akoko North-East Local Government Area of Ondo State, have allegedly raped a female student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko. (AAUA)
The victim who is a part three student of Department of Religious and African Studies of AAUA, while she was coming back from the campus.
According to a source who is a student of AAUA, but spoke on condition of anonymity, explained that the young lady was returning home from school in a commercial bus when the soldiers at the checkpoint ordered her out of the vehicle.
The source who identified one of the soldiers as Lance Corporal Sunday took the lady to their cubicle where she was allegedly ganged raped by the soldiers.
She disclosed that the soldiers were fond of molesting female students of the institution and other ladies who pass through the checkpoint and explained that “we were coming from Akungba in a minibus on Wednesday evening, on getting to the checkpoint, this 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, Ikare-Akoko for examination and treatment as I am talking to you, she is at the hospital and doctors confirmed that she was raped.”
According to her ” This is not the first time such a thing will be happening at the soldiers’ checkpoint in the town. The commuters who are mostly students that live in Ikare are often harassed sexually, especially in the evening. The soldiers will be using their hands to press our breasts while inside a cab, in the name of stop and search.”
A police source at the Ikare Police Station, who confirmed that the incident said the incident was reported at the station at about 7.15pm on Wednesday and acted on the information.