Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ) lecturer, Tene John has been sacked for sexually assaulting one of his female students, Anjola Ogunyemi, in his office when she found herself alone with him.
According to Anjola, she had learnt that the lecturer was ill and other students had gone to visit and wish him a speedy recovery, so she too decided to do same on December 13, 2019.
However, when she was alone with him, the lecturer allegedly pinned her down and placed his tongue on her vagina, in a bid to have sex with her.
Anjola said it was only a promise to willingly give him the so-desired sex the next day that saved her from the sex-hungry lecturer.
Although the lecturer denied the allegations, the institution went ahead and dismiss him.
The school however pointed out that the female student, Anjola, had just returned from a one-year suspension over the indecent dressing and gross misconduct.
Read the full statement of NIJ on the incident below:
“Our attention has been drawn to a post on the social media, by one of our students, Ms. Anjola Ogunyemi in National Diploma One, alleging sexual harassment against one of our part-time lecturers, Mr. Tene John.
“Ms. Ogunyemi’s petition to the school on the alleged sexual harassment was received on December 19, 2019 – the day of our vacation. And the Provost called her on that same day to acknowledge the receipt of her petition, assuring her that the matter will be looked into appropriately.
“The institution, thereafter, set up a panel of three lecturers: two females and a male. The panel sat and took evidence from the two parties and witnesses concerned. On Friday, January 17, 2020 – the last day of its sitting, the accused and the accuser were made to confront each other at the panel.
“It was difficult for the panel to establish concretely a case of sexual harassment in its report because there were glaring contradictions in the testimonies of the two parties and witnesses.
“We wish to place on record that Ms. Ogunyemi walked out on the panel and ran to the social media to tell her story on the day the panel’s final sitting.
“In view of our institution’s zero tolerance for improper conduct on the part of the staff and students, and in light of the interest the matter has generated, the following decisions have been taken: the lecturer concerned, Mr. Tene, who has been on our faculty for over a decade has been relieved of his appointment, we thank him for his services and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.
“Ms. Ogunyemi, who has just returned from a one-year suspension over the indecent dressing and gross misconduct is advised to adhere strictly to her matriculation oath of channeling her grievances to the authorities of the institution.
“We wish to reiterate that our staff and students are governed by rules and regulations and it is important we comply accordingly.”
KanyiDaily recalls that a UNIBEN Lecturer had defended his colleagues saying some female students dresses half nude to class in order to “obtain Sexually Transmitted Degree (STD)”.
He was reacting to a documentary video where they secretly filmed randy lecturers in West African Universities trying to use their positions to demand sex from young ladies in order to favour them academically.