The administration of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, AAUA, Ondo State has condemned the alleged sexual assault on one of its students by soldiers stationed at a checkpoint between Akungba-Akoko and the Ikare-Akoko area of the state.
A statement issued on Sunday by the acting Secretary of the institution, Mr. Opeoluwa Akinfemiwa, stated that after the university had completed the necessary investigation on the matter, the university described the development as absurd, particularly those that should respect the law.
Recall that last Wednesday, a student of the 300-level AAUA institution was allegedly raped in a group by soldiers stationed at a checkpoint in Ikare-Akoko, the headquarters of the local government area of northeast Akoko of the state of Ondo.
GISTOK had reported how one of the soldiers, identified as Lance Corporal, ordered the victim of the Department of Religious and African Studies of the university to get off a commercial mini-bus in which he was traveling from the campus to Ikare-Akoko.
Meanwhile, it was confirmed that the soldiers had been arrested Friday by the Brigade Commander of the 32nd Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Akure, Ondo State, Brig. General Abubakar Zakari.
While praising the Brigade Commander of the 32nd Artillery Brigade, Brig. General Zakari for his prompt action on the subject, the institution called for decisive action against the randy soldiers.
However, the institution requested the immediate dismantling of the control point where the crime was committed, and emphasized that it no longer fulfills its purpose of insuring lives and property.
The statement said: “The university, after its preliminary investigation, noted with concern and amazement that a soldier from the Federal Republic of Nigeria, whose duty, among others, is to protect the lives of its citizens can turn around to exhibit such tendencies failed.
“The university, while praising the rapid action taken so far by the Brigade Commander in this inhuman and brazen assault on a defenseless and innocent student, asks the Nigerian Army authorities to deal decisively with the authors of the humanity act.
“While we don’t know the security situation in the country, we strongly request that the checkpoint be dismantled and that the soldiers move between Oba-Akoko and Ose, where kidnappings and robberies occur, almost daily.
“The University demands calm and wishes to assure students that we will continue to ensure that adequate security measures are implemented to allow them to continue their academic activities without disturbing.”
Also on Saturday, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of the state of Ondo had called for the immediate prosecution of the soldiers involved in the act.