The Nigeria Army has said it has dismissed an officer accused of raping a student of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko , Ondo State at a military checkpoint along Ikare Akoko -Akungba Akoko road .
The Army also said it had handed over the suspect to the Ondo State Police Command for prosecution .
The victim , a 300 – level student of the Department of Religous and African Studies of the university, was allegedly gang – raped by soldiers attached to the 32 Artillery Brigade of the army, inside a shed at the checkpoint , while the student was returning from the school.
It was earlier reported that the student was gang- raped but Army investigation revealed that only one of the soldiers committed the offence.
The Commander of the 32 Artillery Brigade Akure , Brig . Gen . Zakari Abubakar , had earlier promised to transfer the case to the police after the accused soldier must have been sacked and the investigation concluded .
A source in the barracks confirmed to our correspondent that he ( Lance Corporal Adelola) had been tried and he had been sacked before the suspect was handed over to the police .
The source said , “ He has been sacked from service and he has been transferred to the police for prosecution.
The army does not tolerate indiscipline . ”
When contacted the Police Public Relations Officer of the state command , Mr. Femi Joseph , confirmed the development and said the suspect would soon be charged to court.
” I can confirm to you that the (former ) soldier has been handed over to us , we will soon charge him to court, ” Joseph stated.
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