By Ayodele Oni,Ekiti
The management of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, (AAUA), Ondo State, has recommended stiffer punishment for soldiers that raped one of its students last week.
The university also called for the relocation of the military check point mounted by soldiers close to the institution.
This was contained in its first reaction to the incident in a statement signed by the acting Registrar of the university, Mr Opeoluwa Akinfemiwa at the weekend.
The statement reads, “the authority of the university condemns, in its strongest term, the sexual assault on one of its students by one of the soldiers stationed at a check point between Akungba Akoko and Ikare Akoko.
“The University, after its preliminary investigation, noted with concern and amazement that a soldier of the Federal Republic Nigeria, whose duty, among others, is to protect lives of its citizens can turn round to exhibit such reprobate tendencies.
“The University, while commending the swift action taken so far by the Brigade Commander on this inhuman and brazen assault on a defenceless and innocent student, calls on the authorities of the Nigerian Army to deal decisively with the perpetrator(s) of the act against humanity.
“While we are not unaware of the security situation in the country, we strongly request that the checkpoint be dismantled and the soldiers moved to between Oba-Akoko and Ose where kidnappings and robberies occur, almost, on a daily basis.”
It called for calm and assured the students that the university will continue to ensure that adequate security measures are put in place to enable them continue to pursue their academic activities without molestation.