The Lecturer in the Geology Department of Federal University of Technology Minna, Niger State Omananyi Yunusa has been sacked by the school management over his involvement in the sexual harassment of a
female student in the institution.
This was confirmed by Lydia Legbo, the deputy director of Information and publication in an interview. Legbo said: “Yes, he was dismissed for sexual harassment after investigations proved beyond reasonable doubt.”
The dismissal was approved during the University Council’s 131st meeting presided by the Vice Chancellor, Abdullahi Bala, after the investigative panel found Yunusa guilty of inappropriate relationship with the student.
Yusuf Abideen, a student of the institution, said: “The news was kept away from media to avoid distraction. In fact, most other departments were not aware. We all saw the resolution,”
A colleague of the victim, who does not want his name on print for fear of victimisation, said Yunusa’s dismissal will “bring peace to the department.”
“My class governor is a lady but she feels very reluctant when we want to have ‘things’ to do with Mr Yunusa. It got to a time, we felt like impeaching her only to realise that she was avoiding the lecturer because of harassment,” the student said.
However, the University Vice Chancellor, said the dismissal of the lecturer will serve as lesson to others to ensure total elimination of sexual harassment in the university community.