The soldier, Lance Corporal Sunday Awolola, who was accused of rape by a 300-level student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, AAUA, in Ondo State, has been arraigned at the Magistrate Court sitting in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
33-year-old Awolola was brought into the court premises by the officers of Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Police Force around 9:30am Wednesday, and he is being arraigned at the Court lll Magistrate Court.
The suspect is being charged for having committed a rape which is contrary to section 357 and punishable under section 358 of the the criminal code cap 37 vol. Laws of the Ondo state of Nigeria.
Awolola allegedly raped the student at a military checkpoint along Ikare Akoko-Akungba Akoko road on July 31, 2019.
The magistrate, Mr. Mayowa Olanipekun, adjourned the matter till Friday, August 16, 2019.
The Ondo State chapter of the Women for Advancement Group commended the army for dismissing the soldier and urged for his conviction.
The state Coordinator of the group, Mrs. Kemi Kamar, in a statement, urged the police to ensure that the suspect was brought to book.
“Now that the case is with the police, we want to appeal to the police to do a proper investigation and charged the case to court without any delay. This will serve as a deterrent to others who think they are above the law.”