The Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, said one of its senior lecturers, Dr Samuel Abiye, has been suspended for three months for allegedly demanding sex from a female student in exchange for grades.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Ozo-Mekuri Ndimele, disclosed this in a statement in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
Ndimele said from an audio recording obtained by the school, Abiye promised to help the student pass his course as well as courses taught by other lecturers in his department if she gave in to his advances.
According to the statement, he asked the student to meet him at a hotel where he planned to satisfy his sexual pleasures.
It read, “The management of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education has suspended Dr Samuel Abiye of the Department of Curriculum Studies for three months on half salary over allegation of sexual extortion for grade from one of his female students.
“He was recorded by a female student who he promised to help to pass his course and all other courses taught by other lecturers in their department, if and only if, she could help him through sexual gratification.
“Dr Abiye directed the female student to meet him at the King James Hotels towards Eagle Cement area of Rumuolumeni, where she was to be explored sexually in exchange for grades.
“In the interim, the university has directed that all courses taught by Dr Abiye for the first semester of 2020/2021 be re-graded through conference marking to be supervised by the dean of education.
“All his courses and supervisees have been reassigned to other lecturers in his department. The matter has been referred to the University Staff Disciplinary Committee for further investigation to determine his fate.”
Student expelled for killing fellow undergraduate
In another development, the Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, said a 300-level student of the Department of Banking and Finance, Faculty of Management Sciences, Suanu Nwilyaara, has been expelled for allegedly shooting a fellow undergraduate dead on the campus last Thursday.
Recall that a 400-level student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Uzondu Chimena, was killed in what the state police spokesman, Nnamdi Omoni, said was a supremacy battle between two rival cults.
Enyindah, who announced Nwilyaara’s expulsion in a statement, said the decision followed the approval of the vice chancellor.
“By this approval, Mr. Suanu Wisdom Nwiyoara has been expelled from the Rivers State University.
“He should henceforth not be found in any classroom, lecture theatre, hostel, library or anywhere within the precincts of the university,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, the family of late Chimena has faulted claims by the police that he was a cultist.
Also, the family stated that the gun which the police said its operatives found in the shorts of the 20-year-old was planted on him.
The mother of the deceased, Josephine Amaechi, said, “If there was a gun in his shorts, it would have fallen off while they were moving him from place to place. Or someone would have seen it.
“It was after they drove to Nkpolu Police Station that they said, ‘The brothers are here, let us search him.’ They removed his shoes and stockings. As the police removed his shorts, the next thing they saw was a gun. At that point, nobody wanted to hear anything anymore. The only thing they were saying was that he was with a gun and he was a cultist. It is not my son that put a gun in his shorts. Whoever did th at, God will judge him.”
She also wondered why the police did not ask the culprit what his motive was for the killing, adding that the police did not carry out proper investigation.