Police operatives in Ogun State have arrested a lecturer, Dr Stephen Ukenna, who was accused of raping a teenage student.
Ukenna is said to be a lecturer in the Department of Business Management at the Covenant University, Ota.
The 41-year-old suspect was alleged to have raped a 17-year-old student of the school and later arrested by the police.
Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, who is the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abeokuta, the state capital
He noted that Ukenna was arrested following a complaint lodged at the Ota Area Police Command by the parents of the victim.
According to the command’s spokesman, the victim’s parents reported that their daughter called them on phone from the school to inform them about the incident.
She was said to have been invited by the lecturer to his office under the pretence that he wanted to plan a surprise birthday party for her close friend.
Oyeyemi said on getting to the lecturer’s office, Ukenna reportedly locked the office door and forcefully had sex with the student.
“Upon the report, the Area Commander in Ota, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Muyideen Obe, swiftly deployed his team to the school where the randy lecturer was promptly arrested,” he said in the statement.
During at interrogation by the police, the suspect was said to have admitted that he had carnal knowledge of the victim but was unable to give any reason for his action.
In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Edward Ajogun, condemned the rape of the innocent student.
He also ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and diligent prosecution.
The students and staff of the National Institute of Construction Technology Uromi have staged separate protests at Uromi Esan northeast Local Govt Area of Edo State over the kidnap of a lecturer and a student.
Gunmen suspected to be bandits on Wednesday kidnapped the lecturer and student within the school premises.
They barricaded some roads asking the security agencies to step up efforts to ensure the safe release or rescue of the victims/
The protesting students are also insisting that more security should be provided in the school to guarantee the safety of staff and students at the school.
A Lagos High Court sitting in the Ikeja area has convicted and sentenced a former part-time lecturer, Afeez Baruwa, to 21 years imprisonment for raping an 18-year-old girl who was seeking admission into the university.
Baruwa was convicted on one count of rape leveled against him by the state government.
The convict was said to have raped the victim inside a study room when she was seeking admission into the university.
Justice Josephine Oyefeso who delivered the judgment on Thursday held that the prosecution has proven its case beyond reasonable doubt and, therefore, found the defendant guilty of the charge.
The defence counsel, in his allocutus (plea for mercy before sentence), said that rape was an offence of life imprisonment if found guilty.
He, therefore, asked the court to temper justice with mercy.
He also said that the convict was a first time offender, a married man with four kids and aged parents, all of whom he has to cater for.
In her sentence, Justice Oyefeso said she “cannot begin to imagine the emotional trauma of the girl”.
“The convict offended his family, the victim, the society and God,” she said.
The judge subsequently sentenced the convict to 21 years imprisonment.
The prosecution had alleged that the former lecturer raped the teenager at 9.25am on July 23, 2015, in Room 8 at the Faculty of Business Administration Annex building of UNILAG.
The victim’s father who was a friend of the lecturer had sought his help to secure admission for his daughter into the institution.
The rape was said to have occurred when she was in Baruwa’s office to make arrangements for her admission into the university.
Four prosecution witnesses had testified during Baruwa’s trial, including the complainant, her father, a medical doctor, and the investigating police officer.
The prosecution closed its case against the lecturer on January 23, 2018.
Baruwa testified solely in his defence, claiming that the complainant was his girlfriend and that he had consensual sexual intercourse with her.
He also alleged that the girl had seduced him in his office on the day the crime was committed.
The Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the death of a Lecturer at the Department of Microbiology of the Rivers State University, who was attacked by suspected armed robbers in the early hours of yesterday, in his family house on Aka road, Rumulumeni, Port Harcourt, the State capital.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer DSP Nnamdi Omoni, the suspected robbers inflicted spinal cord injury on the victim who was eventually confirmed dead by the time he was taken to the hospital by a relation.
The former lecturer of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Professor Richard Akindele, has changed his plea from ‘not guilty’ to ‘guilty’ of demanding for sex from his student, Monica Osagie.
Akindele is standing trial before a Federal High court in Osogbo, the Osun State capital for demanding sex in exchange for marks from Osagie, a postgraduate student of the institution.
He is also being prosecuted by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) on a four-count charge of corruptly asking for sexual benefits from Osagie in a bid to fraudulently upgrade her result in Research Method course which she supposedly failed in 2017.
A Makurdi Chief Magistrate court has remanded Mr Andrew Ogbuja, the lecturer accused of repeatedly raping a 13-year-old minor, Miss Ochanya Ogbanje, in prison till November 29.
Chief Magistrate Isaac Ajim made the remand order on Thursday when he declined to entertain the matter for lack of jurisdiction to hear the charge of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide preferred against the accused by the Nigerian Police.
The 13-year-old died on October 17 due to Vesico Vagina Fistula (VVF) complications as a result of her ordeal, sparking outrage and calls for those responsible to be brought to justice.
The girl who is said to be a cousin of the lecturer’s wife was allegedly raped by the lecturer for the three years she lived with them.
She was a Junior Secondary School 1 student of the Federal Government College, Gboko, Benue State, at the time of her death.
Meanwhile, the family of late Ochanya Ogbanje and the National Council Of Women Society have sustained their call for justice for the victim.
The Electoral Institute says Nigeria needs to improve its electoral service delivery and get the reform process right in order to stabilise its democracy.
The Director-General of the Electoral Institute, Professor Abubakar Momoh, made the remarks on Thursday during a meeting with stakeholders in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
He said that although series of talks and committees had been formed to establish a panacea to credible elections, the independence of the nation’s electoral body had come into question.
Highlighting the role of the media, Professor Momoh pointed out that the issues of rising poverty, corruption and erosion of public institutions should not easily sway media practitioners.
He said that the media has a huge role to play in solving the many challenges bedevilling the nation’s electoral process.
The guest lecturer, who is a professor of Political Science at the University of Ibadan, Adigun Agbaje, posited that the attitude of politicians was largely to blame for Nigeria’s eroding democratic values.
Other experts at the gathering also cited the experience at the Edo State governorship election as one of the ways politicians erode the foundation of democracy.
They maintained that the culture of impunity during elections must be addressed.
The stakeholders said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s renewed focus on reforming the electoral process should be sustained to the letter.
Ashiru wondered what area of the electoral system had not been covered by the Justice Uwais report.
He highlighted some of the recommendations of the Uwais panel, which he believed if implemented, would provide solutions to many challenges faced during elections in Nigeria.
The academic emphasised the need for the Electoral Offences Commission and the exemption of the Independent National Electoral Commission from the internal affairs of political parties, as key recommendations that should be implemented.
A lecturer of International Law at the University of Lagos, Edefe Ojomo, while discussing African Union’s (AU) rationale for suspending Egypt following the removal of President Morsi, argued the that consent of many Egyptians to the military intervention should not be regarded as unconstitutional.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, she said that asides from military coups, a revolution as seen in Egypt could also be unconstitutional, by AU standards.
She however explained that if the “constitution gets its backing from the people, then obviously public opinion and public will can’t be unconstitutional.”
She attributed the success of 20 million signatories to the petition against the Morsi led administration to dissatisfaction by the people including those who had initially voted the ousted President into power.
She said the democracy, as interpreted by Egyptians, means the ‘people’s voice”
The uprising which led to the Egyptian Army ousting President Mohammed Morsi from power barely a year after being elected into power, was caused by people’s dissatisfaction.
Ojomo noted that the crisis, which involves international politics, domestic politics and domestic economy would not spiral into a civil war.
“People don’t think it will spiral into a civil war because the Egyptian army is strong enough to maintain ‘some calm and some peace’.”
She disagreed with claims that external influences were involved in the uprising adding that “it is insulting to call a popular uprising a sort of manipulation” by outsiders.
She regarded it as a political manner of interpreting such problems.