Authorities of University of Benin (UNIBEN) have suspended a lecturer in the Department of English and Literature, Mr. Bode Akundayo for alleged rape of a female student at the school’s Campus.
The incident reportedly occurred on Tuesday October 5. This was followed by a viral video purportedly recorded when the lecturer was begging for forgiveness went viral on the internet.
Dr. (Mrs.) Benedicta Ehanire, Public Relations Officer of the institution announced the management decision in a statement on Thursday, pending the conclusion of investigations by the police.
Ehanire in the statement titled, “UNIBEN reacts to allegations of rape and detention of student by a lecturer”, said: “security report of preliminary investigation into alleged rape and detention of a 400 Level female student has been submitted to the Management of the University.
Accordingly to her, “Management has directed that the lecturer, Dr. Bode Steve Ekundayo, be issued with a query and placed on interdiction pending the conclusion of investigations by the police.
“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,” she state.