There was palpable tension in Ikere Ekiti on Monday as a result of a violent clash between some students and commercial drivers over the rape of a female student (names withheld).
A 200 level female student of the College of Education, Ikere Ekiti, was alleged to have been raped by a commercial driver along College – Igbara Odo way on Sunday.
The lady, who was said to be having malaria fever and went to town for medical attention, was allegedly raped by a commercial driver fondly called (Akoto driver ) at about 8 pm.
Enraged by the action, students of the College on Monday trooped to the streets and dealt with any known commercial driver sighted along their way.
This led to the blockage of the Ado-Ikere-Akure way, which caused disruption of traffic flow for several hours.
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 them hurriedly closed shop probably to prevent looting of their wares.
It was gathered that the lady has been taken to hospital for medical care.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer of the State command, Mr. Alberto Adeyemi, who confirmed the incidence described rape as the highest point of criminality which he said would not be tolerated.
Adeyemi said that normalcy has returned to the town and that the police have launched a serious manhunt for the alleged rapist.
“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”, he explained.
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