Five soldiers alleged to have raped a student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA) at a checkpoint along the University road have been arrested.
The 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigeria Army, Akure, Ondo State confirmed their arrest to our correspondent.
The victim, said to be a 300-level student of the Department of Religious and African Studies, was allegedly gang-raped by some soldiers at a checkpoint in Ikare Akoko, on Wednesday on her way from school.
The student was ordered to come down from the commercial bus during the stop and search by one of the soldiers, who is a Lance Corporal.
One of the officers later dragged the young lady into a cubicle at the back of the checkpoint, where she was allegedly assaulted sexually.
When contacted on Friday, the Brigade Commander of the brigade, Brig. Gen. Zakari Abubakar, confirmed the arrest of the soldiers and said the brigade had commenced investigations into the matter.
According to the Brig. Gen., “It is very true that they (the soldiers) have been arrested. We have commenced our investigation.”
Similarly, the management of the AAUA said the matter was being investigated.
The University, however, noted that the victim had not officially reported the matter to the management for proper action.
Speaking with our correspondent on Friday, the head of the Media and Protocol Unit of the AAUA, Mr. Victor Akinpelumi, reiterated that the institution had already taken steps to investigate the incident.
Akinpelumi said, “The victim has not officially reported the matter to the school authorities. But this is a matter that concerns one of our students and we have taken steps. The university has set up a committee to investigate the incident and the committee would submit its report in a few days.
“I believe during the course of the investigation by the committee, the lady would be invited for questioning while many other people believed to know one thing or the other about the incident, would be interrogated by the committee. So the report of the committee would reveal everything that happened.”