Another Nigerian University Sacks Lecturer Over Sex-for-Mark Scandal
The management of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, has announced the dismissal of one of its lecturers following his involvement in an alleged sexual harassment of a female student of the institution.
Omananyi Yunusa Adinoyi, who is a lecturer in the Department of Geology, was dismissed after the outcome of investigation into alleged sexual assault on a female student in the department who took a course taught by him.
It was gathered that Adinoyi’s dismissal was approved during the University Council’s 131st meeting.
The Nation quoted a lecturer, who sought for anonymity, as saying that the case has been on for about three months after a committee was raised to investigate the allegations.
It was also learnt that there were discriminatory evidences against Adinoyi as the student involved provided audio recording of their conversation and the act.
“It is not as if he forced her; it was a mutual affair, and we don’t know why the girl blew the lid.
“He was not dismissed because he slept with the girl; the University is angry that the act was committed inside his office because the evidence and tape did not show he forced her.
“It is also not clear that he has not been intimidating the girl since she is a student in his department. And there was no way he could have exonerated himself that he did not use his position to intimidate the student. All evidences were against him,” the source explained.
The Deputy Director, Information and Publications of the university, Lydia Legbo, also confirmed his dismissal.
“Yes, he was dismissed for sexual harassment after investigations proved beyond reasonable doubt,” the spokesperson told Premium Times.
“The news was kept away from media to avoid distraction,” Yusuf Abideen, a student of the institution, said. “In fact, most other departments were not aware. We all saw the resolution.”
A colleague of the victim also said Mr Yunusa’s dismissal would “bring peace to the department.”
“My class governor is a lady but she feels very reluctant when we want to have ‘things’ to do with Mr Yunusa. It got to a time, we felt like impeaching her only to realise that she was avoiding the lecturer because of harassment,” the student said.
“We all got the notice about his dismissal, he disappointed himself,” a senior staffer said.
Also speaking, the University Vice Chancellor said the dismissal of the lecturer will serve as lesson to others to ensure total elimination of sexual harassment in the university community.
Bear in mind that the management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, has announced the sacking of Professor Richard Akindele for allegedly demanding sex from his student, Monica Osagie, to upgrade her mark.