Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, the Vice – Chancellor of the University of Lagos, has said that conclusive investigations into alleged s*xual harassment against a lecturer may not be possible if the victim fails to show up.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Ogundipe made the clarification in an interview with them on the sidelines of the Sixth Prof. Babatunde Sofoluwe Memorial Lecture on Tuesday in Lagos.
Ogundipe said the supposed victim must appear to help the fact-finding committee set up by the management to carry out proper, balanced and fair investigation.
“If the lady does not come out, how will the investigation be concluded?
“You must not hear from one side alone; you must hear from the two sides and balance the information you have before taking decision and making recommendations,” Ogundipe said.
He stressed that the university has a standing policy on such issue and would not compromise the investigation in any way.
According to him, the investigation committee consists of senior professors who would not be intimidated by anybody.
“We have our policy on ground concerning issues relating to the behaviour of our students, lecturer to lecturer and lecturer to students; and the policy on ground would be properly implemented .
“When you talk about academic corruption, it is a global issue, but the policies to address it too is also on ground.
“Anybody that is found culpable will be taken care of through the laid down policies,” he said.
NAN reports that a former female student of English Language in the university had, on May 23, released semi nude photographs of Prof. Segun Awonusi on the social media, accusing him of molesting female students of the department.
The lady, identified as Joy Uwana, graduated from the department in the 2015/2016 session after taking an extra semester.
She had claimed that harassment of female students in the department was done with the knowledge of other lecturers who kept mute because of the “cult-like” nature of their operations.
Probe into the allegation commenced on Saturday when the university management constituted a probe panel.
The panel has already given those with useful information on the matter between June 11 and June 15, to forward it.
However, the suspect, Awonusi, a former commissioner in Ogun State and one time Vice Chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education, Igbesa, denied the allegation, dismissing it as cheap blackmail.
According to him, the complainant had called him demanding payment of N400,000 or she would release the nude pictures.
He also claimed that the pictures were on his phone that was stolen.
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Illegal Abortions Responsible For Mysterious Deaths In Bauchi: State Govt
Bauchi State Government has revealed that the mysterious deaths recorded in the State has been as a result of illegal abortions.
An investigation carried out by the Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has revealed that illegal abortion by unqualified medical practitioners is the cause of mysterious deaths in Azare and other local government areas in the northern part of the state.
According to reports, no fewer than 200 women have died in Bauchi as a result of this and there are projections that the number could be more at the end of the investigation.
The Executive Chairman of the agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, disclosed this Friday, May 29, at an interactive session organized by the Bauchi State Public Health Media Network.
Mohammed said the deaths resulted from unwanted and unplanned pregnancies by both married and unmarried women of childbearing ages who, after becoming pregnant, visited quack health workers to terminate the pregnancies.
He said the lack of understanding of the importance of child spacing as well as ignorance of what to do with such pregnancies had become a major problem to family health in the state.
He emphasized the need for adequate sex education for the girl-child by parents, particularly mothers, to reduce unwanted pregnancies, thereby reducing deaths from complications.
Ondo Govt Arraigns Suspected Killers Of Funke Olakunrin
The Ondo State Government has arraigned four men suspected to have killed Mrs Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of the National Leader of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
Recall that it was earlier reported that the Nigeria Police Force handed over the suspects to the State Government.
They are Lawal Mazaje from the Felele area of Kogi State, Adamu Adamu from Jada area of Adamawa State, Mohammed Usman from Illela area of Sokoto State, and Auwal Abubakar from Shinkafi area of Zamfara State.
The suspects were arraigned on Friday by the government at a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure.
Lagos Govt To Shutdown Markets Violating Social Distancing Order
The Lagos State Government has threatened to shut down markets in the State violating the social distancing order.
The Corps Marshal, Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), Gbemisola Akinpelu, gave the warning on Monday at the Command Headquarters in the Oshodi area of the state.
In a statement issued by the Head, Public Affairs Unit of LAGESC, Adebayo Kehinde noted that the order is coming from the State Ministry of Environment.
He reiterated the commitment of the agency to monitor markets across the state to ensure that the directive of the government is being adhered to strictly.
He urged the traders to maintain environmental cleanliness around the markets and stop trading on road setbacks and drainage.
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