Police Summon Polytechnic Rector, Others Over Covered Up Rape

The Ekiti State Police Command have summoned the Rector of the Crown Polytechnic, Mr. Aderemi Oke, and the management of the institution over the alleged cover-up of the rape of a female student of the school in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday.

the_crown_polytechnic_987764The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Victor Babayemi, who confirmed the summon told journalists that the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sotonye Wakama, said other police officers met the management of the polytechnic and asked them why they did not report the rape of a student of the school earlier in the year.

According to the investigation the victim had been raped by a student of the school and the suspect was eventually expelled.

The PPRO confirmed that a female student of the school was raped and the school offisials did not report the incident to the police but expelled the suspect, Ayo aka A.Y Bishop, in March.

The representative of the PPRO, Babayemi, also said Bishop was also one of the four-man gang who raped an ND I student of the polytechnic on May 5, 2013.

He stated that rape issues are not cases that can be settled out of court so the polytechnic has no power to just expell the student based on allegation of rape without reporting the case to the police.

He said, “The management of the polytechnic was invited to meet with the commissioner of police. They were here on Wednesday. To cover up a rape case is a compounding- felony. You can’t settle a rape case out of court; it is not a case you can settle even at the police station. It has to be charged to court.

“The CP had spoken to them and they promised that they would do everything to stop criminal behaviour among their students. We also make it a point of duty for them to collaborate with us on how to stop criminal behaviours in the institution and report cases of crimes to the police for proper investigation.”

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