THE Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, has dismissed three senior lecturers of the institution over allegations of sexual harassment with their female students. They are Dr Ayoola Sunkanmi Odubunmi, Dr Isiaka Ajani Ogunwande, and Dr Emmanuel Orilade Gbeleyi.
While the first two are associate professors in the Departments of Economics and Chemistry respectively, the third person is Lecturer II at the Department of Anatomy, Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM), Ikeja.
The university’s spokesman, Mr Ademola Adekoya, made this disclosure in a statement on Tuesday, saying their dismissal was based on the decision of the governing council of the university which also approved the promotion of 49 other lecturers and 200 non-academic staff into various positions.
He said the decision was taken during the council’s 119th Statutory Meeting held last Thursday, October 4 and that their sack followed due investigations into sexual misconduct levelled against them with their respective accusers from each of the three departments testified against them.
According to him, the investigations into the allegations(which occurred at different times) were in stages starting with a query and then the constitution of a disciplinary panel which passed on it findings to the university’s Joint Governing Council and Senate Committee for final decision.
Nigerian Tribune gathered that one of the sacked lecturers, Dr Odubunmi, happened to be one of the highly respected lecturers in his department before his fall.
He graduated from the university in 1987 as a Best Student in Mathematics from the Department of Economics.
He was alleged to have caught on camera harassing his student in his office on a Saturday.
It was gathered that even though his accuser had reportedly turned down sexual advances from him several times, he still invited her to his office on a Saturday afternoon to come to rewrite a paper she failed.
The victim then reportedly sought the help of a non-governmental organisation before proceeding to his office to help track the lecturer so as to have genuine evidence to nail him.
It was further gathered that a surveillance gadget was allegedly placed on the student while the NGO stationed the laptops connected to the spy camera to monitor what would happen between the lecturer and the student.
And that Dr Odubunmi reportedly fell for the trap as he was said to have removed his shirt and started cuddling the student from behind after giving her papers to rewrite the exam he invited her for.
He was thereafter arrested by the university security officials and the NGO representatives who were close by.