The University of Benin (UNIBEN) lecturer in the Department of English and Literature, Mr. Bode Akundayo who was recently reported to have raped a female student in the school’s Campus, has fled police arrest.
Recall that the viral clip of the incident which occurred on Tuesday October 5. 2021, had provoked a wave of backlash on social media by Nigerians, leading to his suspension by University of Benin authorities.
The police spokesman told our Correspondent on a telephone interview that the female victim (name withheld) had made a statement with the police, but the man has not shoe up.
According to Kotongs, “The man is on the run. It is only the complainant that came to make her statement with us.
“Since then the man has not shown up. The school said that they have directed the Department to produce him”, the police spokesman said.
He also assured that investigation is ingoing to bring the fugitive to account for the allege crime.
Last week Thursday, Dr. (Mrs.) Benedicta Ehanire, Public Relations Officer of the institution, announced the suspension of Mr. Bode, pending the conclusion of investigations by the police.
She said in the statement entitled, “UNIBEN reacts to allegations of rape and detention of student by a lecturer”, that “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 Ehanire, “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.