Army detains soldiers for allegedly gang-raping AAUA student

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Officers of the Nigerian Army have detained some soldiers for allegedly gang-raping a female student of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA)

The victim said to be a 300 -level student of the Department of Religious and African Studies of the university was allegedly gang -raped by the soldiers at a checkpoint in Ikare Akoko, the headquarters of the Akoko North – East Local Government Area of Ondo State, on Wednesday.

The student who was returning from campus was allegedly forced to alight from a commercial bus , by one of the soldiers, who is a Lance Corporal.

He allegedly dragged the victim into a cubicle at the back of checkpoint , where she was allegedly assaulted sexually .

The spokesperson of the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigeria Army, in Akure, Ondo State, Zakari Abubakar confirmed the arrest of the soldiers.

Abubakar, a Brigadier General said the brigade had commenced investigation into the matter.

Similarly, the management of the AAUA said the matter was being investigated even though the victim was yet to officially report it.

The spokesperson of AAUA, Victor Akinpelumi said the university had also set up a committee to look into it.

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In his words, “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.”

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