A Kwara State University (KWASU) lecturer has been dismissed over alleged sexual harassment.
Mr Pelumi Adewale of the Department of Pure and Applied Sciences was accused of sexually harassing a student, Tosin Adegunsoye, after threatening to fail her if she refused his sexual advances.
The Vice-Chancellor of KWASU, Mustapha Akanbi, gave this information in Ilorin while addressing the newsmen at the institution’s eighth and ninth convocation ceremonies.
Akanbi described Adewale as a “disgrace to the institution,” said the lecturer has brought shame to the citadel of learning and ceases to be called a staff of the University.
He noted that the security agencies are already in charge of the case and have been moved to court.
“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,” he added.
KWASU Dismisses Lecturer
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Adewale was arraigned before a magistrate court sitting in Ilorin on September 11 over an accusation of sexual assault.
The petition by Tosin Adegunsoye, which was dated October 15, 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 refused to have sexual intercourse with him.
In response to the threat by the lecturer, the Police instructed Adegunsoye to act along with the lecturer to get raw evidence.
The KWASU lecturer was reported to have persuaded the Adegunsoye into his bedroom at Taoheed Road, Basin Area, Ilorin, around 8:30 pm.
He then handed over a new question paper with KWASU answer script to rewrite her exam with a promise of sexual intercourse with her till daybreak.
The presiding magistrate, Ibrahim Mohammed, accepted the application for bail by the defence counsel in the sum of N200,000, with the case adjourned till December 8.