KWASU lecturer arrested over alleged sexual harassment, exam malpractices

A Kwara State University (KWASU) lecturer in Malete, Pelumi Adewole had on Tuesday appeared before a Magistrate’s Court over alleged intimidation, sexual harassment and examination malpractices.

He was arrested by operatives of the State Intelligence Bureau, SIB.

The offences according to the First Information Report, FIR, contravened Sections 397, 95 of the Penal Code Law and Section 3(320) of the Examination Malpractices Act CAP E 15 Law of the Federal Government of Nigeria, 2004.

Adewole, was, however, granted bail in the sum of N200,000 by the presiding Magistrate, Ibrahim Mohammed.

The FIR, stated among others that a student of the Department of Pure and Applied Science, in the institution, Adegunsoye Faith Tosin wrote a petition, dated October 15, 2021.

In the petition, the student alleged that sometime in September 2021, Adewole, a lecturer assigned to teach her a course MLS 212 Cell and Molecular Biology, called her and threatened to fail her in her forthcoming exams if she refused to have sex with him.

Following the threat by the lecturer, the police instructed Adegunsoye to play along with him in order to obtain raw evidence.

The lecturer then lured the student into his bedroom at about 8.30p.m at Taoheed Road, Basin area of Ilorin.

The lecturer, gave her a new question paper and answer script of KWASU to rewrite her exams with a promise to have sexual intercourse with her till day break

Unknown to the randy lecturer, detectives of the SIB who were hiding at a distant location apprehended him in the act.

Although, he confessed to the allegations during investigation, Adewole however, later denied them in his remarks.

Police prosecutor, Nasiru Yusuf, in his submission, informed the court that the offences were not bailable and that sexual harassment was now rampant in the society.

Nasiru, therefore urged the court to deny the suspect bail.

Lead defence counsel, Barrister A.J.Opalekunde, urged that the defendant is still presumed innocent until proven guilty and sought bail for the suspect.

Magistrate Ibrahim, in his ruling, granted the accused bail and adjourned the case till December 8,2021, for further mention.

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