KWASU Lecturer Arraigned For Organising Resit Exam For Female Student In His Bedroom

KWASU Lecturer Arraigned For Organising Resit Exam For Female Student In His Bedroom

A lecturer at the Kwara State University, Malete, Pelumi Adewole, has been arrested and arraigned before a Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital for allegedly sexually harassing a female student.

The lecturer was arrested by the State Intelligence Bureau for alleged criminal intimidation, sexual harassment and examination malpractices, among others.

The prosecution said the offences 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.

According to the Police First Information Report, a petition, dated October 15, 2021, was written by a student of the Department of Pure and Applied Sciences of KWASU, who complained of sexual harassment by the lecturer.

The student had 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.

The police however asked the student to play along 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.

Adewole however pleaded not guilty to the charges, while the prosecutor, Nasiru Yusuf pleaded with the court to remand Adewole in custody, saying the offences were not bailable.

According to Yusuf, sexual harassment had become rampant in institutions of higher learning in the country.

The lead defence counsel, A.J. Opalekunde, however prayed the court to grant his client bail in liberal terms, saying the defendant was still innocent until found guilty by the court.

Magistrate Ibrahim Mohammed granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000 with a surety in like sum. He adjourned the case till December 8 for further mention.

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