LASU probes lecturer over allegation of sexual abuse

LASU probes lecturer over allegation of sexual abuse

An associate professor in the Department of Economics, Lagos State University (LASU), on Tuesday, July 17, issued a query to the lecturer over the alleged sexual assault of a student, Vanguard reports. gathered that the case was already before a Joint Action Disciplinary Committee of the institution.

The university’s spokesperson, Adekoya Martins, said the management of the institution has zero tolerance to such act, adding that the case which is already before the disciplinary committee, will be forwarded to the university Senate.

Meanwhile, Olayinka Amuni, LASU’s registrar, said the sanction for such act, once established, is dismissal.

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“Once we establish that a staff engages in an illegal relationship with any student, the person is dismissed from the system because it is the height of academic irresponsibility.

“We are an institution guided by rules and regulations, and once we have an official report or an allegation of someone indulging in sexual harassment, the first thing we do is to issue query to the person.

“The query is to get information from the person whether indeed that really happened or not. We would examine whatever response you give with the evidences before us and if the evidences are not genuine, we won’t push further.

“But if we can find element of truth in what is before us, the matter is sent to disciplinary committee and the sanction for such activities is dismissal," he said.

He said the university’s management has continued to encourage students to confide in them and report any form of harassment from their lecturers or non-academic staff. previously reported that a female student of the University of Lagos (Unilag) has cried out lamenting the series of sexual molestations she has allegedly suffered from one of her lecturers.

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The lecturer at the centre of the sexual allegation is Olusegun Awonusi, a Professor of English Studies in the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, and former vice-chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijagun, Ogun state.

The female student, whose identity is also yet to be revealed, claimed to have nude pictures of the alleged randy professor. She said she has been suffering sexual molestations from the lecturer for months.

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