Sexual harassment: Kaduna varsity fires randy lecturer

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A lecturer in the Department of Geography, Dr Idowu Abbas, has been relieved of his employment by the management of Kaduna State University.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC), Academic, Prof. Abdullahi Ashafa, who announced this in a statement on Friday also announced the promotion of 12 lecturers to the level of Professor while eight others were moved to the position of Associate Professor.

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 eventually presented at the 217th Management Meeting of the varsity where 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 under 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.

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