UNIBEN Reacts to Allegations of Rape by a Lecturer

Prof. Lilian Salami, VC, University of Benin, Edo State, Nigeria.
*Prof. Lilian Salami, VC, University of Benin, Edo State, Nigeria.
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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.

This was disclosed by Public Relations Officer of the University of Benin, Benedicta Ehanire, PhD, in a statement issued on Thursday, in Benin City.

“Considering the gravity of the allegations and legal issues involved, the matter has been referred to the police for further investigation,” Ehanire said.

“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 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,” the statement added.

Management assured staff, students, parents and other stakeholders that investigations will be pursued to its logical conclusion to ensure that justice is served.

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