Court Remands Soldier over Rape Allegation

An Ondo State Magistrate Court sitting in Akure yesterday ordered that a Lance Corporal Sunday Awolola, be remanded in police custody for allegedly raped a 300-level student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA).

Prior to the arraignment of Awolola, 33, the Army authorities had dismissed him and handed him over to the police for prosecution having been accused of raping of the female student of the Department of Religious and African Studies of the university on July 31.

The suspect attached to the 32 Artillery Brigade in Akure, allegedly committed the offence at the military checkpoint situated on Akungba- Ikare Road in Akoko North East Local Government area of the state while the student was on her way from school.

The alleged conduct of the accused, according to the charge sheet, was said to have been contrary to Section 357 and punishable under Section 358 of the Criminal Code Cap 37 vol. Laws of the Ondo State of Nigeria.

The arraignment of the randy soldier at the court yesterday attracted public outcry and interest from International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Office of the Wife of the Governor.

Awolola was brought to the Court III of the Magistrates’ Court by officers of the State Police Command following his involvement in the rape of the female student on July 31.

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