Lance Corporal Sunday Awolola(33), a soldier who allegedly raped a female undergraduate of the Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko (AAAU) has been remanded in prison custody.
A magistrate court sitting in Akure, Ondo State took the decision after granting an application by the police seeking to remand the suspect in prison custody for the police to gather facts against the suspect.
However, his counsel, Kayode Ikotun, filed a counter-affidavit opposing the application, noting that Awolola should not be arguing as he was facing “psychiatric health challenges” and should be granted bail.
The defence counsel argued that the suspect’s wife recently put to bed, and he was deployed to Akure from Maiduguri to take care of his health and family.
However, Mayowa Olanipekun, the magistrate, held that the suspect be remanded in custody at the Olokuta Maximum Prison pending legal advice from the Ministry of Justice.
He added that the original case file of the suspect be duplicated in the office of Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) of the Ministry.
The case was then adjourned until November 15.