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Kwara varsity dismisses newly married lecturer who allegedly threatened to fail a student over sex

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Sexual harassment: Kwara varsity dismisses newly married lecturer who allegedly threatened to fail a student over sex

Kwara State University, Malete, has dismissed a member of its academic staff, Pelumi Adewale, over the alleged sexual harassment of one Tosin Adegunsoye, a student of the Department of Pure and Applied Sciences of the school.

 

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KWASU Vice-Chancellor, Mustapha Akanbi, made the revelation in Ilorin on Monday, December 6, while addressing a news conference to herald the eighth and ninth convocation ceremonies of the institution.

 

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Akanbi said that Adewale had ceased to be a staff the school for bringing the institution into disrepute.

 

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“The security agency has taken up the case and it is in court already, but I am informing you officially that the man is now an ex-staff member of the institution. He is a disgrace to our great institution and we won’t condone such acts,” the VC said.

 

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The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Adewale was on September 11 arraigned before a magistrate court sitting in Ilorin, over an accusation of sexual harassment.

 

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The suspect was arrested by the State Intelligence Bureau over offences bordering on criminal intimidation, sexual harassment and examination malpractices.

 

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According to the First Information Report, a petition dated October 15 by Adegunsoye alleged that in September, Adewale, a lecturer assigned to teach her a course, MLS 212 Cell and Molecular Biology, called her and threatened to fail her in her forthcoming examination if she doesn’t have sexual intercourse with him.

 

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In view of the threat subsequently reported, the police instructed Adegunsoye to play along with the lecturer in order to obtain raw evidence.

 

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The lecturer thereafter lured the student into his bedroom apartment around 8:30pm at Taoheed Road, Basin Area, Ilorin, where he gave her a new question paper and KWASU answer script to rewrite her examination with a promise to have sexual intercourse with her till daybreak.

 

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The suspect was however apprehended in the process by the detectives who were hiding at a secured location to monitor the development.

 

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In his ruling, the Presiding Magistrate Ibrahim Mohammed, however, obliged the application of the defence and granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000.

 

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He thereafter adjourned the case till December 8 for further mention. 

 

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The Kwara State Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA) was also a party to the case.

 

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According to the FIDA President, Grace Okoduwa, the lecturer got married in June 2021.

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