Kaduna varsity fires lecturer over alleged sexual harassment
The Kaduna State University, on Friday, promoted no fewer than 12 lecturers to the rank of Professor while eight others to an Associate Professor’s rank.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Prof. Abdullahi Ashafa in a statement, also announced the termination of the appointment of a lecturer over alleged sexual harassment.
The lecturer fired, Dr. Idowu Abbas, was of the Department of Geography of the institution.
The DVC said the university’s Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee, chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) investigated the alleged sexual harassment against the lecturer before relieving him of his job.
He noted that the report of the disciplinary committee was eventual presented at the 217th Management Meeting of the varsity he(Ashafa) served as Chairman on behalf of the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Muhammad Tanko, on Jan. 12.
The management, he said, then relieved Abbas from the services of the university and directed that all students his supervision be reassigned to another lecturer in the Department of Geography of the university.
He said, “According to the report, Abbas confessed in his testimony to have touched and hugged a female student he was supervising her project from behind against her will when she went to his office to discuss her project.
“His testimonies also revealed other nasty and randy misbehaviour he exhibited to the student.
“This gross misconduct violated Section 8.7 Paragraph (f) of the Administrative and Academic Regulations in Kaduna State University.
“The regulations state that ‘victimization/harassment of student through examination mark is punishable by dismissal and/or termination of appointment.”