The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Ondo State Chapter has expressed utmost disappoinment in the case of rape allegedly carried out by some soldiers of the Nigerian Army against a female undergraduate of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State.
The body in a statement signed by its state Chairman and Secretary, Messrs Lamidi Ishola and Sunday Omosule decried the incident, while describing it as not only unfortunate but barbaric and unbecoming of officers of a noble profession such as the Nigerian Army who chose to abuse and debase the defenceless citizen they are meant to protect.
The NIPR noted that the rape perpetrated by the Soldiers is in absolute terms “intolerable, inexcusable and a harm to not only to the personality involved, but a serious crime against humanity entirely.”
“We hereby call on Ondo State Government, Army Authorities and other stakeholders to see to the speedy prosecution of the case and ensure that the officers involved in the dastardly act faces the consequences of their actions.
“It is in so doing that justice would be served, deterrence would be emplaced against future misdemeanor and the confidence of the Nigerian Army would be retained.
“Anything less than justice in this regard will engender public distrust and demean the corporate image of the Nigerian Army that have been toiling to mitigate terrorism, kidnapping and banditry in the society.
The statement released by Mrs Taye Fagbuyi, Ondo State Public Relations Executive of NIPR affirmed that the body would not relent in lending voices to matters that are germane to sanity of the society as well as other issues that may positively or negatively affect the corporate image and perception of institutions and individuals.