Omananyi Yunusa, a lecturer in the Department of Geology, of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger state, has been sacked by the management over his involvement in the sexual harassment of a female student of the institution, Premium Times reports.
Lydia Legbo, the deputy director, information and publications of the university, in an interview said the dismissal of Yunusa, followed the outcome of investigation into alleged sexual assault on a female student in the department who took a course taught by the lecturer.
Legbo said: “Yes, he was dismissed for sexual harassment after investigations proved beyond reasonable doubt.”
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The dismissal was approved during the University Council’s 131st meeting presided by the Vice Chancellor, Abdullahi Bala, after the investigative panel found Yunusa guilty of inappropriate relationship with the student.
Yusuf Abideen, a student of the institution, said: “The news was kept away from media to avoid distraction. In fact, most other departments were not aware. We all saw the resolution,”
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.
However, 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.
Legit.ng previously reported that the management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, reportedly announced the sacking of Professor Richard Akindele for allegedly demanding sex from Monica Osagie to upgrade her mark.
Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, the vice chancellor of the university, announced the sack at a press conference in Ife on Wednesday, June 20, The Punch reports.
He said the Governing Council sacked the lecturer having found him guilty of all the charges against him.
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