- The Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi on Sunday, October 24, announced the sacking of two of its lecturers
- The lecturers were sacked over harassment of their female students at the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics and Department of General Studies
- Sunusi Gumau, the rector of the institution, also said that 30 students were dismissed for exam malpractices and certificate forgery
Bauchi, Bauchi - The governing council of the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi has approved the dismissal of two lecturers, Abubakar Baba and Adebusoye Sunday, accused of allegedly harassing their students.
The Nation reports that the rector, Sunusi Gumau, stated this while briefing newsmen at the end of the 98th meeting of the council, on Sunday, October 24, in Bauchi.
Gumau said that the decision was reached after a thorough investigation of the matter, saying that Baba was a lecturer at the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, while Sunday was a lecturer at the Department of General Studies.
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“This is the final verdict of all that has been making waves in the media concerning the issue of our staff reported on alleged case of ra.pe.
“This issue of Abubakar Baba came up on August 4, 2021. In the rules of the Polytechnic, if an issue of this magnitude happens, the complainant has to write and immediately she wrote, I asked the staff to be queried.
“When we queried him, he replied and the reply was not satisfactory, and we established a committee to investigate the matter thoroughly to a logical conclusion.
He said after the committee submitted its report, the Senior Staff Appointment and Disciplinary Committee met, invited the suspect, cross-examined and the recommendation was made to the council.
The rector further noted:
“Today, the council has finally approved the dismissal of Abubakar Baba from the services of the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi."
Sanusi revealed that Sunday was dismissed from the service of the Polytechnic with immediate effect.
The rector said that concrete evidence had been established against Sunday for assaulting his female student.
He said that the victims had a military background which propelled the exposure of the culprits.
Gumau said the two lecturers were no longer staff of the Polytechnic and assured that their dismissal letter would be handed over to the necessary security agencies in the state for appropriate actions.
In the case of Baba, Sanusi said the father of the student involved is military personnel while in the case of Sunday, the victim is a sister to a military woman.
The rector commended the Bauchi state government, traditional leaders and his communities for their support to the institution.
He also noted that the Students’ Academic Board of the institution had also expelled 30 students for various offences.
Gumau said that 14 of the students were expelled for examination malpractices while 16 others were for certificate forgery.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Adebayo Mosobalaje, a lecturer at the Department of English Language in the Faculty of Art, Obafemi Awolowo University, was sacked by the institution's governing council.
It was reported that Mosobalaje was found guilty of sexual demeanour against an unnamed female student.
The lecturer's dismissal was announced in a statement by the university’s spokesman, Abiodun Olarewaju, on Tuesday, September 7.