The University of Benin, UNIBEN lecturer, Dr Bode Steve Ekundayo alleged to have attempted to rape a 400-Level student of his has been referred to the police, the university’s authorities confirmed on Thursday.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG had reported the case of a rape levelled against, Dr Bode Steve Ekundayo, a senior lecturer at UNIBEN who was caught in the act attempting to rape the student.
UNIBEN’s spokesperson, Dr. Benedicta Ehanire in a statement detailing the incident said that the case has been referred to the police and the accused lecturer has been issued a query and placed on interdiction pending the conclusion of investigations by the Police.
Besides, she said that a preliminary report on the issue has been submitted to the management of the university.
Dr. Ehanire said: “A security report of preliminary investigation into alleged rape and detention of a 400 Level female student of the Department of English and Literature, University of Benin, by a lecturer in the department has been submitted to the management of the university.
“Considering the gravity of the allegations and legal issues involved, the matter has been referred to the Police for further investigation.
“Management is, however, not oblivious of its responsibility of ensuring proper conduct by both staff and students of the university.
“Accordingly, management has directed that the lecturer, Dr Bode Steve Ekundayo, be issued a query and placed on interdiction pending the conclusion of investigations by the Police,” the UNIBEN spokesperson said in confirmation of the allegation of rape levelled against the lecturer.
“These are in line with internal mechanisms as contained in the Regulations Governing the Service of Senior Staff of the University, 2017.
“Management assures staff, students, parents and other stakeholders that investigations will be pursued to its logical conclusion to ensure that justice is served.”