Police arrest lecturer for alleged sexual abuse of student
The Police in Lagos have arrested a lecturer at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Dr. Kadiri Babalola, for alleged sexual abuse of a 20-year-old undergraduate.
The student was reported to have visited Babalola, of the Department of Botany, in his office on August 16, to address some issues concerning her results.
But instead of addressing the student’s concerns, Babalola allegedly raped the undergraduate. Distraught by her encounter, the victim reached out to a non-governmental organisation, the Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation (SWEF) for redress.
The case was reported to the Gender Unit of the state Police Command through the Officer in Charge (OC). Consequently, the Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa, issued a warrant of arrest for Babalola through the state High Court, while the Vice Chancellor, Prof Folashade Ogunsola, was given seven days to produce the suspect.
Spokesperson for Lagos State Police Command, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed that Babalola, was in custody.
This is coming less than a month after female students of the University of Calabar (UNICAL) Law faculty, staged a protest within the school premises against alleged sexual harassment and intimidation by the Dean, Prof. Cyril Ndifon.
Hundeyin said: “The lecturer is in our custody. He would be arraigned in court and Lagosians would know the charges filed against him. No date has been fixed for the arraignment. I can’t answer how long he will be in custody, but he would be arraigned.
Earlier, UNILAG’s spokesperson, Mr. Adejoke Alaga-Ibraheem, said the university was aware of an investigation involving the lecturer. She said: “UNILAG management, on August 28, received a letter from the Nigeria Police Force, inviting an employee of the university for questioning. The employee was immediately informed of the development and advised to comply.
“On August 29, the employee complied. While we are not yet privy to the full details of the incident that led to his arrest, we are fully aware that the investigation is ongoing and we are cooperating with security agencies to ensure that the matter is resolved in the interest of justice.
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