A lecturer of the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, (Bida Poly) whose name was not mentioned, has been suspended over rape allegation leveled against him by an ND1 student.
According to Punch, the Department of Public Administration lecturer was caught red-handed and has also been accused of sexual harassment on many occasions by other female students of Bida Poly.
The occurrence was confirmed by Bala Elkana, the Police Public Relations Officer, Niger State Police Command, who also explained that the culprit would remain in police custody till investigations into the matter are concluded. Meanwhile, the victim has been receiving treatment at the school medical’s centre.
The institution’s Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Hussaini Enagi, also spoke on the issue, saying that the lecturer in question is a senior staff of the school and has since been suspended pending the result of the investigation by the disciplinary committee. He also disclosed that the lecturer has currently been placed on half salary. Hear him:
“It is true that there have been an allegation of rape against one of our lecturers. The case has been referred to the Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee for investigation and recommendation.
“The alleged crime is also being investigated by the police. The official has been suspended and will also receive half salary pending the outcome of the committee’s investigation”.
Speaking further, the spokesman for Bida Poly made it clear that the management would not interfere with the investigation, adding that the polytechnic’s authorities would uphold whatever recommendations that would be given.
In order to protect students of higher institutions in Nigeria against these predators who mask themselves as lecturers, the federal government has moved to criminalize any form of sexual harassment in a bill titled ‘the sexual harassment in tertiary educational institutions prohibition bill, 2016’.
The bill, which has passed its first reading in the senate, seeks to completely prohibit any form of lecturers/student sexual relationship and prescribes a five-year jail term for lecturers who engage in sexual relations with students, whether forced or consented to.