UNIBEN refers rape, unlawful detention allegation against lecturer to police



 The management of the University of Benin (Uniben) referred cases of alleged rape and unlawful detention against one of its lecturers, Dr Steve Ekundayo, to the police for investigation.

The university, while reacting to the allegations in a statement issued its spokesperson, Dr Benedicta Ehanire on Thursday in Benin, attributed the decision to the gravity of the allegations and the legal issues involved.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ekundayo, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Literature, allegedly raped a 400-level student in his office on Tuesday and subsequently locked her up for several hours.

The police, however, reportedly rescued the student following a distress text message the victim sent to a friend.

The lecturer said to have nabbed the police, a yet to be confirmed the security agency.

But Ehanire in the statement stated  that the management had directed that the lecturer be issued a query and  be placed on interdiction pending the conclusion of investigations the police.

The statement read in part: “A security of preliminary investigation into alleged rape and detention of a 400-level female student of the Department of English and Literature, University of Benin, a lecturer in the department has submitted to the management of the university.

the gravity of the allegations and legal issues involved, the matter has referred to the police for further investigation.

“Management is, however, oblivious of its responsibility of ensuring proper conduct both staff and students of the university.

“Accordingly, management directed that the lecturer, Dr Bode Steve Ekundayo, be issued with a query and placed on interdiction pending the conclusion of investigations the police.

“These are in line with  mechanisms as contained in the Regulations Governing the Service of Senior Staff of the University, 2017.”

The management assured the staff, students, parents and other stakeholders that investigations  into the matter would be pursued to its  logical conclusion to ensure  justice. (NAN)