Tension rose in Ikere Ekiti yesterday following a violent clash between some students and commercial drivers over the rape of a female student, (names withheld).
A 200 level student of the College of Education, Ikere Ekiti was allegededly raped by a commercial driver along College-Igbara Odo way on Sunday.
The lady, who was said to have suffered from malaria fever who went to town to seek medical treatment, was allegedly raped by a commercial driver fondly called ( Akoto driver ) at about 8pm.
Enraged by the action, students of the College on Monday took to the streets and dealt with any known commercial driver sighted along the way. This led to the blockage of the Ado-Ikere-Akure way, which caused disruption of traffic flow for several hour
The violence also disrupted commercial activities at Odo Oja area of ikere Ekiti, as many of them hurriedly closed shop to prevent looting of their wares.
It was gathered that the lady has been taken to hospital for medical treatment.
Speaking with the police public relations officer of the state command, Mr Alberto Adeyemi, described rape as the highest point of criminality which he said would not be tolerated.
Adeyemi said normalcy has returned to the beleaguered town and that the police had 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 said