Students, Drivers Clash Over Alleged Rape In Ekiti

There was tension in Ikere Ekiti yesterday following a violent clash between some students and commercial drivers over the rape of a 200 level student of the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti by a commercial driver along College-Igbara Odo way on Sunday.

The lady (name withheld) was allegedly raped by a commercial driver fondly called Akoto driver around 8:00pm.d It was gathered that the victim, who was said to be suffering from a bout of malaria fever, had gone to the town to seek medical treatment when she was allegedly raped by the driver.

Angered by the action, students of the college yesterday trooped out to the streets and unleashed mayhem on any commercial driver sighted along the way. They also blocked the Ado-Ikere-Akure way, which disrupted traffic for many hours.

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Those traveling to Akure had to take a detour and returned to Ado Ekiti to prevent being caught in the web of violence that engulfed the town.

The violence also disrupted commercial activities at Odo Oja area of Ikere Ekiti, as many of the traders hurriedly closed their shops to prevent looting of their wares.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state command, Mr. Alberto Adeyemi, described the rape incident as the highest point of criminality, which he said would not be tolerated.

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Adeyemi said normalcy has returned to the town and that the police have launched a manhunt for the alleged rapist.

“Yes, the lady was sick and was being conveyed to the college when she was raped. The police will not tolerate any criminal action in any way and this won’t be an exemption. We have launched a manhunt for the suspect. The police are on his trail and we shall bring him to justice by the grace of God.”

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