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University Sex-for-Mark Scandal: FUT Minna, OAU sack randy lecturers

The management of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, has sacked one of its lecturers, Omananyi Yunusa, over his involvement in sexual harassment of a female student of the institution.

The Deputy Director, Information and Publications of the university, Lydia Legbo said the dismissal of Mr Yunusa, a lecturer in the Department of Geology, followed the outcome of investigation into alleged sexual assault on a female student in the department who took a course taught by the lecturer.

“Yes, he was dismissed for sexual harassment after investigations proved beyond reasonable doubt,” the spokesperson said.
The dismissal was approved during the University Council’s 131st meeting presided by the Vice Chancellor, Abdullahi Bala, after the investigative panel found Mr Yunusa guilty of inappropriate relationship with the student.
“The news was kept away from media to avoid distraction. In fact, most other departments were not aware. We all saw the resolution,” Yusuf Abideen, a student of the institution said.
A colleague of the victim, who does not want his name on print for fear of victimisation said Yunusa’s dismissal will “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.
The University Vice Chancellor, however, said the dismissal of the lecturer will serve as lesson to others to ensure total elimination of sexual harassment in the university community.
The lecturer’s dismissal follows a similar one in another university.

On June 20, the Obafemi Awolowo University announced the dismissal of a lecturer, Richard Akindele, after he was found guilty of misconduct with a female student of the school.
“The Council, at its meeting of today, Wednesday, 20th of June, 2018, having considered the recommendation of Senate, as well as the report of the Joint Committee of Council and Senate, decided that Professor Richard I. Akindele should be dismissed from the services of the University for gross misconduct,” the Vice Chancellor, Eyitope Ogunbodede, said.
On July 12, Lagos State University (LASU) issued a query to Sunkanmi Odubunmi, another accused lecturer involved in spa scandal with a student and the case is already before a Joint Action Disciplinary Committee.
Adekoya Martins, the university’s spokesperson said the management of the institution had zero tolerance to such act. The LASU Registrar, Olayinka Amuni, has said the sanction for such act once established would be dismissal.
Also, the University of Lagos called for submission of memoranda to its probe panel on sexual harassment allegations involving Olusegun Awonusi. Its management appealed to Linda Ikeji to assist in convincing Nwanna Joy, the ‘victim’ to defend her sexual harassment claim.
The institution’s vice-chancellor also said UNILAG may involve the police to invite her.

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