A lecturer at the Kwara State University, Malete, Pelumi Adewole, has been arraigned before a Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ilorin, Kwara State, for allegedly sexually harassing a student.
Adewole was arrested by the State Intelligence Bureau over offences bordering on criminal intimidation, sexual harassment and examination malpractices, among others.
The offences, according to the prosecution, contravene sections 397 and 95 of the Penal Code Law and Section 3(320) of the Examination Malpractices Act Cap. E15 Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and punishable under the same law.
The Kwara State Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA) was also a party to the case.
Adewole, according to the FIDA President, Grace Okoduwa, wedded in June 2021.
The Police First Information Report said a petition, dated October 15, 2021, was written by a student of the Department of Pure and Applied Science of KWASU, who complained of sexual harassment by the lecturer.
The student, according to the police, alleged that sometime in September 2021, Adewole called and threatened to fail her in the forthcoming exams if she refused to have sexual intercourse with him.
Due to the threat issued by the accused person, the police reportedly instructed the student to play along with him in order to obtain evidence.
“The lecturer thereafter lured the student into his bedroom around 8.30pm on Taoheed Road, Basin area, Ilorin, where he gave her a new question paper and answer script of KWASU to rewrite her exam with a promise to have sexual intercourse with her till daybreak.
“The suspect was, however, apprehended in the process by detectives from the SIB, who were hiding at a location,” the FIR stated.
The lecturer pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
The prosecutor, Nasiru Yusuf, pleaded with the court to remand Adewole in custody, saying the offences were not bailable.
He noted that sexual harassment had become rampant in institutions of higher learning in the country.
But the lead defence counsel, A.J. Opalekunde, prayed the court to grant his client bail in liberal terms, saying the defendant was still innocent until found guilty by the court.
The magistrate, Ibrahim Mohammed, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000 with a surety in like sum.
The case was adjourned till December 8, 2021 for further mention.
Coup: ECOWAS Suspends Burkina Faso
The West African bloc Economic Community of West African States has suspended Burkina Faso from its governing board on Friday.
This is coming as an aftermath of mutinous soldiers who forced democratically elected President Roch Marc Christian Kabore to resign.
This makes Burkina Faso the third member nation after Mali and Guinea to be punished for a military takeover in only 18 months.
On Monday, the soldiers went on state television to announce their military takeover of the country, which they said was under siege from armed groups. The military rulers said Kabore failed to stop the violence that led to the death of thousands of their citizens.
At the meeting where African leaders met virtually on Friday to discuss the Burkina Faso coup, it was stated that a delegation was expected to travel to the Burkinabe capital, Ouagadougou, in the coming days.
Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the current ECOWAS chairman, called the recent spate of coups in West Africa “a direct violation of our democratic tenets. The rest of the world is looking up to us to be firm on this matter.”
The leaders are scheduled to meet next on February 3 in Accra, Ghana.
Akeredolu Appoints Amotekun Commander, Adeleye, As Special Adviser on Security Matters
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, has approved the appointment of Chief Adetunji Adeleye as Special Adviser on Security Matters.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Richard Olatunde, noted that the appointment takes immediate effect.
Chief Adeleye, who until the new appointment, was the Commander of the Ondo State Security Network (Amotekun Corps), will however, continue to function in that capacity.
The appointment, the statement noted, is part of the efforts of the Governor Akeredolu to further strengthen the security arrangements of the state, and improve the working relationship between government and security agencies in the state.
While congratulating the new appointee, Akeredolu charged him to double efforts in the fight against crime and criminal elements in the state.
Olashore School Inaugurates Panel As Ex-Student Accuses Management of Complicity, Cover-Up
The Trustees of Olashore International School Association – Proprietor of Olashore International School (OIS), a private co-educational boarding secondary school in Iloko-Ijesha, Osun State, has inaugurated a Five-member panel of inquiry into an alleged sexual assault claim by an ex-student of Olashore International School Obiamaka Azubuike.
Ms. Azubuike had in December 2021 via a social media post alleged that she was 18 years ago sexually assaulted by 13 of her fellow students in the school. Azubuike who was a student of the school between September 1998 and July 2004 also in her allegation claimed that the school tried to cover up the incident when the case was reported to the school’s management and striped her of her prefectship.
The Five-man panel of inquiry is composed of the following members:
1)Justice Olusola Williams Rtd – Retired Judge of the Lagos High Court and serves on the Board of Mirabel Centre – Chairperson
2)Dr Alero Roberts – Lecturer, Public Health Consultant and serves on the Board of Corona Trust Council
3)Mrs Adeyinka Adefope – Educationist and Safeguarding Consultant
4)Dr Sade Olajubu – Forensic Psychiatrist
5) Mr Ebuka Ekeanyanwu – Legal Practitioner
The ex-student in her claims among other reliefs is demanding that;
• The school makes a publicly apology to her in print and on social media.
• Reinstate the records to show that she was a school prefect in the school and also grant a zoom ceremony where she will be awarded the honors she allegedly earned.
According to a statement issued by Mrs Olapeju Sofowora, Chairperson, Olashore International School Association, the panel which was inaugurated by the Association’s Board of Trustees is charged to examine what truly transpired 18 years ago and make recommendations as considered fit.
The panel is expected to commence sitting immediately and conclude their inquiry within 8 weeks.