FUOYE suspends lecturer over alleged sexual harassment
The management of Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) has suspended with immediate effect one of its lecturers, Dr Jonathan Mbachaga, over alleged sexual harassment of a student in the institution.
Mbachaga was until his suspension, an associate professor in the institution’s Department of Theatre and Media Arts.
It was gathered that the lecturer was allegedly seen in a video sexually harassing the student.
In a statement by the FUOYE’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abayomi Fasina on Tuesday, his suspension followed his indictment by a committee set up to investigate him.
The statement signed by the VC’s Chief Information Officer, Folusho Ogunmodede revealed that Mbachaga was suspended, ” on the grounds of a prima facie evidence of sexual harassment established against him by a panel set up by the Institution’s Faculty of Arts, which investigated the allegation.”
According to him, ” The suspension which was with immediate effect would pave the way for a five-member committee set up by the Vice-Chancellor to further probe the allegation with a view to getting to the root of the allegation of sexual harassment against the embattled lecturer.
“The Vice-Chancellor of FUOYE, Prof Abayomi Sunday Fasina, who has zero-tolerance for indiscipline and any form of sexual harassment against students of the Institution, has consequently approved the suspension of Dr. Mbachaga to allow for proper investigation into the matter.”
The statement added that the VC has also mandated the dean of the faculty of Arts, Professor Tajudeen Opoola to immediately commence investigation over sexual harassment against another lecturer of the university.
“The current management of the University will do its best to clean the system of all social vices,” the statement read.