A commercial driver has allegedly raped a student of Ikere College of Education, in Ikere-Ekiti, the headquarters of Ikere Local Government Area of Ekiti State, on Monday.
This led to a serious tension in Ikere- Ekiti, as the students and commercial drivers clashed following allegations.
The rape was reported to have occurred on Sunday evening, on Monday morning the students took to the street to protest and also demanded that the commercial drivers who shuttle the college and town, to produce the culprit.
It was gathered that the incident soon degenerated when the police who “had been civil and sympathetic to their cause soon became their target when the Officers disallowed them as they wanted to take their protest to the town.”
The students had alleged that the 200 level student of the College of Education, Ikere Ekiti, was raped by a commercial driver at Ikere – Igbara Odo Road.
According to the students, the incident occurred when the victim was returning from where she had gone to receive medical treatment for malaria fever, at about 8pm on Sunday.
The students who were not satisfied with their agitation in the school area, they took to Ikere town, where they blocked the Ado-Akure road and disrupted the free flow of traffic.
It was gathered that they vandalised some of the mini commercial buses popularly referred to as “Akoto” in the community, just as they were said to have vandalised part of their hostel in school as they were prevented from taking the protest to the town.
Eight students were allegedly arrested after some of them injured a policeman with stones, they claimed they reacted because of the tear gas used against them by the police.
They also declared mid-semester break and asked the students to vacate the campus by 6pm Monday. The College has also taken over the treatment of the victim.
When NAN called the police public relations officer of the state police command, Mr Alberto Adeyemi, confirmed the incident and decried the alleged rape.
Adeyemi said normalcy had been restored in the town and added that the police had launched a manhunt for the alleged rapist.
He said: “Yes, the lady was sick and was being conveyed to the College when she was raped. The police don’t tolerate any criminal action in any way and this won’t be an exemption.
“We have launched a manhunt for the man. The police are on his trail and we shall bring him to justice by the grace of God.”