Lecturer Arraign In Court Over Sexual Harassment, Exams Malpractice

A lecturer at Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete was arraigned in Ilorin Magistrate Court on Tuesday on charges of criminal intimidation, sexual harassment, and examination malpractice, among other things.

Pelumi Adewole, the suspect, was apprehended by detectives from the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB). The offences, they say, contravened Sections 397 and 95 of the Penal Code Law, as well as Section 3(320) of the Examination Malpractices Act CAP E15 Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

According to the First Information Report (FIR), Adegunsoye Faith Tosin, a student at the Department of Pure and Applied Science, filed a petition on October 15, 2021.

Adegunsoye claims that in September 2021, Adewole, a lecturer assigned to teach her MLS 212 Cell and Molecular Biology, called her and threatened to fail her examinations if she refused to have sexual intercourse with him.

Due to the defendant’s (Adewole) threat, the police told Miss Adegunsoye that she needed to play along with him in order to acquire raw evidence.

The lecturer then persuaded the student into his bedroom apartment on Taoheed Road, Basin Area, Ilorin, at 8:30 p.m., where he gave her a new KWASU question paper and answer script and promised to have sexual intercourse with her till daybreak.

However, the guy was arrested in the process by SIB agents who were hidden in a nearby location.

During the investigation, he was reported to have admitted to the claims.

The case also included the Kwara State Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA).

Barrister Grace Okoduwa, the organisation’s president, told journalists that the suspect (lecturer) had just married in June.

The suspect, on the other hand, refuted the claims in his statement.

Meanwhile, the prosecutor, Nasiru Yusuf in his submission told the court that the offences were not bailable, noting that sexual harassment has become rampant in the society.

He urged the court to deny the accused bail.

But the lead Defence counsel, Barrister A.J Opalekunde argued that the defendant is still presumed innocent until proven guilty and sought bail for his client.

Having heard from the both side, the Presiding Magistrate Ibrahim Mohammed, therefore, obliged the application of the Defence counsel and granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000.

He, thereafter, adjourned the case till December 8th, 2021 for further mention.

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Written by Issa Saliu

I am a journalist based in Ilorin

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