Pelumi Adewale, an academic staff member of Kwara State University, Malete, has been fired for reportedly sexually harassing a student at the school’s Department of Pure and Applied Sciences, Tosin Adegunsoye.
The statement was made at a press conference in Ilorin on Monday by Mustapha Akanbi, the Vice-Chancellor of KWASU, to honor the institution’s eighth and ninth convocation ceremonies.
According to Akanbi, Adewale was fired from the school for bringing the institution into disrepute.
“The security agency has taken up the matter, and it is currently in court, but I am officially advising you that the individual is no longer a member of the institution’s staff.” He is a disgrace to our wonderful institution, and we will not tolerate such behavior,” added the VC.
According to the Nigerian News Agency, Adewale was charged with sexual harassment before a magistrate court in Ilorin on September 11.
The suspect was seized by the State Intelligence Bureau on suspicion of criminal intimidation, sexual harassment, and examination malpractice.
Adegunsoye filed a petition on October 15 stating that Adewale, a lecturer assigned to teach her MLS 212 Cell and Molecular Biology, called her in September and threatened to fail her next exam if she refused to have sexual intercourse with him, according to the First Information Report.
In view of the threat that was later reported, the police asked Adegunsoye to play along with the lecturer in order to obtain raw evidence.
At 8:30 p.m., the professor persuaded the student to come into his bedroom apartment on Taoheed Road, Basin Area, Ilorin, where he gave her a new question paper and KWASU response script, and promised to have sexual intercourse with her till daybreak to rewrite her examination.
The perpetrator, on the other hand, was apprehended by investigators who were hiding in a safe location to keep an eye on the situation.
In his ruling, Presiding Magistrate Ibrahim Mohammed granted the accused bail in the amount of N200,000, as requested by the defense.
He then adjourned the case until December 8 to give it more thought.