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39 lecturers indicted for sexual harassment in five years – Report

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No fewer than 39 lecturers in the nation’s tertiary institutions have been indicted and dismissed over sexual misconduct in the past five years, analysis of media reports by The PUNCH has revealed.

Sexual harassment has been recurring in Nigerian higher educational institutions with a survey conducted in 2018 by the World Bank Group’s Women revealing that 70 per cent of female graduates from tertiary institutions in the country were sexually harassed in school, with the main perpetrators being classmates and lecturers.

Although the Senate had in 2021 passed a bill stipulating 21 years imprisonment for randy lecturers, The PUNCH reports that most of the lecturers indicted and found guilty after the bill was passed were simply sacked.

In April 2018, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, announced the indefinite suspension of a professor of Accounting, Richard Oladele, over sexual harassment.

In 2021, the university also dismissed three lecturers from the Departments of English Language, International Relations and Accounting over sexual harassment.

In February 2020, the institution also announced the suspension of a lecturer at the Centre for Distance Learning, Monday Omo-Etan, for sexually molesting a 19-year-old female student.

In 2019, Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, announced the suspension of an associate professor, Monday Igbafen, over allegations bordering on sexual harassment of female students.

Igbafen, who was the chairman of the AAU branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities at the time, had accused the vice-chancellor of the institution of trying to frame him.

The senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the university, in a letter written to the school by his lawyers, Osahon Irebhude & Co, demanded a written apology from the school.

In September 2020, the management of the Imo State University announced the suspension of two lecturers, who were alleged to have been involved in sexual misconduct with female students.

In February 2021, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, announced the suspension of a lecturer in the Department of Archaeology and Tourism, Dr Chigozie Odum, over allegations bordering on sexual misconduct.

The Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, similarly suspended a lecturer in the Department of Media and Theatre Arts in June 2021 for sexual misconduct.

In the same month, the management of the University of Lagos announced the dismissal of two lecturers over similar offences.

In August of that year, the University of Port Harcourt announced the dismissal of a lecturer in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature for sexual misconduct.

In October 2021, the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, also announced the dismissal of two lecturers from the departments of Nutrition/Dietetics and General Studies over sexual misconduct.

A lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education was dismissed for impregnating a female student.

In December 2021, the Kwara State University, Malete, announced the dismissal of a lecturer for harassing a student in the Department of Pure and Applied Sciences.

In January 2022, the Elechi Amadi Polytechnic, Rivers State, announced the dismissal of a lecturer for harassing a female student.

In April 2022, OAU again launched a probe into allegations of sexual harassment against a professor in the Department of Linguistics and African Studies. So far, two professors have been affected in the institution.

In June 2022, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Prof Abdul-Raheed Na’allah, announced the dismissal of two lecturers for sexual misconduct. Both of them are professors.

Earlier in 2023, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission arraigned Dr. Balogun Olaniran of the Tai Solarin University of Education, who was said to have allegedly demanded sexual gratification from a female student to alter her results in 2021.

In March 2023, a lecturer at the Kogi State Polytechnic, Abutu Thompson, was dismissed on account of sexual harassment and victimisation of a female student in the Department of Computer Science.

In May, the management of the Ambrose Alli University in Edo State reportedly dismissed an unnamed lecturer over allegations bordering sexual harassment.

Reports noted that the lecturer was dismissed on the recommendations of the institution’s Staff Disciplinary Committee, which found him guilty of the offence.

According to AAU’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Asomwan Adagbonyin, the dismissed lecturer had claimed to only make advances, yet he went to the girl’s church to plead for forgiveness.

In July 2023, the VC of UNIABUJA, Na’allah, said two lecturers were dismissed following allegations of sexual harassment.

In August, the management of the University of Calabar suspended the embattled Dean, Faculty of Law, Prof. Cyril Ndifon, over allegations of sexual harassment. Ndifon is currently being held by security operatives.

On September 7, 2023, the University of Lagos suspended a lecturer, Kadri Babalola, who was accused of raping a 21-year-old student.

Similarly, in October 2023, the Federal College of Forestry, Plateau state announced the suspension of four lecturers over allegations bordering sexual harassment of female students.

Speaking with our correspondents on the matter, the Director of Programmes, Reform Education Nigeria, Ayodamola Oluwatoyin, urged President Bola Tinubu to sign the sexual harassment bill into law.

Oluwatoyin said, “The President signing the bill will be a game-changer. We need to make schools safe for our students. The most unfortunate part of the issue is that some of these students even when harassed are scared to come out in the open for fear of victimisation and other issues.”

Former Programme Manager, Gender Justice at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation, Nafisa Atiku-Adejuwon, urged institutions to prevent survivors from being further victimised into silence and provide safe anonymous pathways for them to report such incidents.

Atiku-Adejuwon also called for the building of a system of trust between university management and the student population.

“The response system has to be survivour-centred and holistic; mental and physical health concerns must be taken seriously. The response system shouldn’t be created to make the university look good; it should be to take care of the survivors,” she added.

 

 

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‘Naira abuse’: EFCC secures 31 convictions in Kano

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170 currency racketeers arrested, 23 jailed in one month – EFCC
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says its operatives in Kano have secured the convictions of 31 individuals involved in illegal currency trading and abuse of the naira.

The anti-graft agency said the culprits were arrested by the special task force on illegal dealing and mishandling of the naira, between March and May 2024.

In a statement published on its website, EFCC said the offenders were arrested at various locations in Kano including Wapa BDC market, Grand Central Hotel, and  Lagos street adjacent to CBN office.

The anti-graft agency did not provide details of the sentence imposed by the court but stated that the offenders “got jailed”.

“In an unprecedented display of regulatory enforcement, the Kano Zonal Directorate of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured 31 convictions of individuals involved in illegal currency trading and the abuse of the naira,” the statement reads.

“The convicts include; Munkaila Sani, Mohammed Sani, Muhammad Tijjani, Abubakar Yakubu Garba, Umar Mohammed, Sadiq Ahmad, Amiru Ibrahim, Usman Mahmoud Aminu, Auwal Sharubutu, Abubakar Usman, Salisu Idris, Zarahdeen Sale, Yahaya Isa, Michael Oladipupo, Rose Mabe Akogu, Salako Gboyega, Muktari Haruna, Ibor Ibn Mohd, Onuche Attai, Ibitoye Olanrewaju, Matthew James, Isah Ahmad, Abdullahi Isah Musa, Sagir Musa, Murtala Gambo, Abdulrahman Hassan, Nazifi Musa Isah, Usman Muhd Muhd, Najeeb Abalan, Dickson Egbuka and Habib Abba.”

WHAT THE CBN ACT SAYS

Section 21 of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Act frowns at abuse of the naira in the form of tampering, stepping on, tearing, spraying, and hawking.

Section 21 of the act states: “(1) A person who tampers with a coin or note issued by the Bank is guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to imprisonment for a term not less than six months or to a fine not less than N50,000 or to both such fine and imprisonment.

“(2) A coin or note shall be deemed to have been tampered with if the coin or note has been impaired, diminished or lightened otherwise than by fair wear and tear or has been defaced by stumping, engraving, mutilating, piercing, stapling, writing, tearing, soiling, squeezing or any other form of deliberate and wilful abuse whether the coin or note has or has not been thereby diminished or lightened.

“(3) For the avoidance of doubt, spraying of, dancing or matching on the Naira or any note issued by the Bank during social occasions or otherwise howsoever shall constitute an abuse and defacing of the Naira or such note and shall be punishable under Sub-section (1) of this section.

“(4) It shall also be an offence punishable under Sub-section (1) of this section for any person to hawk, sell or otherwise trade in the Naira notes, coins or any other note issued by the Bank

Recently, the EFCC has been going after celebrities who allegedly abuse the naira.

On April 12, a federal high court in  Lagos sentenced Bobrisky, the social media celebrity, to six months in prison for abusing the naira.

The crossdresser was arraigned on a six-count charge by the EFCC.

On April 16, the EFCC filed a three-count charge against Cubana Chief Priest, the nightlife promoter, for alleged abuse of the Nigerian currency.

Kehinde Ogundare, a judge of the federal high court in  Lagos, thereafter granted him bail in the sum of N10 million with two responsible sureties in like sum.

Source: TheCable.ng

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Police arrests First Bank manager over N650.8m fraud

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Osun State Police Command has arrested a First Bank Branch Manager in Osogbo identified as Adeniyi Sunday Talabi for allegedly
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Osun State Police Command has arrested a First Bank Branch Manager in Osogbo identified as Adeniyi Sunday Talabi for allegedly defrauding unsuspecting people with the sum of N650,850,000 under false pretence in an illegal Proof Of Funds (POF).

According to a statement by the command’s spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, the suspect is accused of carrying out the fraud by deceitfully obtaining the funds from the victims and misappropriating them through an illicit transaction known as proof of funds.

Opalola disclosed that the bank has suspended the suspect from duty and confirmed that investigations into the matter are underway.

Furthermore, she assured that Talabi and any accomplices involved would face prosecution in court once the investigation is concluded.

 

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Three dead in Lagos gas explosion

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Three individuals have tragically lost their lives in a devastating Lagos gas explosion that rocked Abule Pan, situated along the Lekki-Epe
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Three individuals have tragically lost their lives in a devastating Lagos gas explosion that rocked Abule Pan, situated along the Lekki-Epe Expressway in Ibeju Lekki Local Area.

The incident occurred at approximately 3:34pm on Tuesday, as a 50kg Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) cylinder exploded at the frontage of a row of shops in the area.

Margaret Adeseye, Director/CEO of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Services, confirmed the incident, stating that the explosion involved an industrial gas cylinder assembled at the front of the shops.

Witnesses reported hearing a loud bang followed by balls of fire engulfing the surroundings, sparking panic and chaos in the vicinity.

Responding swiftly to the emergency, the Lekki Phase II Fire Station of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Services, alongside Health Environment officials, military personnel, Federal Road Safety Corps officials, and representatives from the Ibeju Lekki Local Government, collaborated to combat the inferno.

Adeseye emphasized that the mishandling of the gas cylinder led to the explosion, resulting in the tragic loss of three lives and leaving one person injured.

Efforts are underway to address the aftermath of the incident and to ensure the safety and well-being of the affected community.

 

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Why I killed my sugar mummy over N100,000 – Suspect

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The suspect arrested in connection with the murder of a lady, Glory Akpaku, in Delta State, Akpoveta School, has narrated how he allegedly
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The suspect arrested in connection with the murder of a lady, Glory Akpaku, in Delta State, Akpoveta School, has narrated how he allegedly killed the victim by stabbing her multiple times.

According to an interrogation video shared on X.com by the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, Bright Edafe, on Monday, the suspect disclosed that the victim was his sugar mummy before her demise.

It was gathered from the video that things went sour between Akpoveta and the late Akpaku over the sum of N100,000 he allegedly kept with the deceased for safekeeping, but which the deceased allegedly refused to give him when he needed the money.

The suspect claimed that he had gone to Akpaku to demand the money but, instead of receiving it, she insisted that she would give it to him after returning from the market.

The suspect narrated further that he threatened the victim to report their relationship to her son, but the victim threatened back that if he did so, she would not give him the money in her custody.

He added that the threat from his alleged lover infuriated him, which led him to stab her with a knife in the neck, hand, and stomach.

Akpoveta narrated in pidgin English (now translated), “She asked me to save some money with her and that she would return the money to me later. But when I needed the money, she refused to give it to me. Rather, she became angry.

“She asked me to escort her to the market, and I thought she would give me the money, but she insisted that she would give it to me after she returned from the market.

“I told her that I would tell her child, and she said if I told the child, she would not return my money. While she was going in front, I took a knife that I had with me and stabbed her in the neck, hand, and stomach.”

The suspect stated further that he regretted his action but blamed the devil for it.

Reacting to the confession, Edafe urged members of the public to learn from it.

The PPRO wrote, “I share stories like this so we can learn from the mistakes of others. So this suspect allegedly murdered his sugar mummy over her failure to give him back the money she was helping him save. When asked why he did it, he said, ‘NA DEVIL WORK’.”

Meanwhile, giving further updates on the incident, the PPRO noted that the incident happened in April and the suspect would be charged in court upon the conclusion of the ongoing investigation.

“The incident happened in April. He will be charged in court as soon as the investigation is concluded,” Edafe concluded.

 

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Three arraigned for allegedly stealing chickens worth N14.4m

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Three men were on Tuesday brought before an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan charged with stealing 1,205 chickens worth
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Three men were on Tuesday brought before an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan charged with stealing 1,205 chickens worth N14,460,000 from a poultry farm.

The defendants, Dayo Olotun, 33, Oluwapelumi Okedairo, 23, and Umaru Mohammed, 20, whose addresses were not provided, pleaded not guilty to the two- count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Cpl. Akeem Akinloye told the court that Olotun, Okedairo and Umaru allegedly conspired and committed the offences between Nov. 30, 2023 and Aprl 29.

Akinloye said that the trio allegedly stole 1,121 layers and 84 cockerels from the Rizgate poultry farm at Idi- Ayunre area Ibadan, property of FIDAN Investment Ltd.

Akinloye said the offences contravened Sections 383, 390 (9) and 516 of the Criminal Code Laws of Oyo State 2000.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Olabisi Ogunkanmi admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N4 million each, with two sureties each in like sum.

Ogunkanmi said one of the sureties must be a blood relation to each of the defendants , while the second sureties must be a landed property owner within the court jurisdiction.

She, thereafter, adjourned the case till Aug. 13 for hearing. (NAN)

 

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Man who specializes in stealing phones during church service arrested

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The Ekiti State Police Command has arrested one Babatunde Olaoluwa who specializes in stealing phones at worship centers.
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The Ekiti State Police Command has arrested one Babatunde Olaoluwa who specializes in stealing phones at worship centers.

He was apprehended after carting away seven mobile phones during a service at Christ Apostolic Church, Ayegbaju-Ekiti.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the public relations officer of the Command, DSP Sunday Abutu.

The statement reads: “Yesterday, at about 16:30hrs, one Babatunde Olaoluwa, a one man gang, who specializes in stealing phones from worship centers, was arrested after carting away seven different phones belong to different people from Christ Apostolic Church, Ayegbaju-Ekiti.

“The suspect, who went to the church pretending to be one of their members, studied the worshippers and in the euphoria of praises, made away with seven phones.

“The suspect, during interrogation, confessed to have been operating around Oye and Ayegbaju-Ekiti, with churches as his target. He further confessed to have stolen a lot of phones from the Redeemed Christian Church of God and New Reality Christian Center, all in Oye-Ekiti.

“Investigation revealed that the suspect, after meeting his target, normally send the stolen phones through motor park to Lagos where his friend will assist him to sell them and send the proceeds back to him through online transfer.

“Meanwhile, the seven phones he stole during his last operation at Christ Apostolic Church, Ayegbaju-Ekiti, have been recovered from him and some victims of his atrocities showed up in the station and have identified the suspect and their stolen phones.

“The suspect will be arraigned accordingly immediately after the conclusion of investigation.”

 

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