The management of Obafemi Awolowo University ile-ife has reacted to a Rape allegation involving some female students of the university and motorcyclists known as Okada riders outside the campus.
DAILY GIST learnt that some female students of the university had alleged that commercial motorcyclists within Ife, under many guises, raped some of them.
They also complained that apart from the incidents of rape, Okada riders use the opportunity to molest and steal the personal effects of some female students.
The management through the Public Relations Officer of the University, Mr. Olarewaju Abiodun while reacting to the allegation however said nothing of such has been brought to the management notice.
Abiodun said, “we don’t act on rumours but on facts. Anything that is brought to the attention of the university is what it will react on.
“I have not heard anything about rape incidents and I will not react to rumours. The students know the university has mechanisms put in place to deal with such cases.
“According to the rumour, the incidents happened outside the university, moreover, the students know that the Nigeria Police handles criminal cases.
“If anything happens outside the university and no report is made to the police and the school, but rather it is being peddled as a rumour and discussed in students’ circles, then it is a sad development.”
Also, the acting Chief Security Officer, Mr. Oyatokun Babatunde explained that it was still a rumour and the school management had not received any complaints from the affected students of the university.
According to him, “Any Information about such issues always emanate from the Public Relations Officer and I treat such as authentic.”
He disclosed that he has made his mobile number available to both students and staff so that anybody with such information should come forward.