The Management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), has confirmed the identity of its lecturer accused of raping a student in his office.
The Union Nigeria, broke the news of the lecturer and Project Supervisor of the victim, who on Tuesday, allegedly committed the act in his office.
According a source, the lecturer allegedly locked the victim in his office for hours, after allegedly committing the criminal act.
Considering the gravity of the allegations and legal issues involved, in a statement signed and sent to The Union Nigeria, by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Dr Benedicta Ehanire, the matter has been referred to the police for further investigation.
Confirming the identity of the accused lecturer, the Varsity stated, “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.
“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.
“Management is, however, not oblivious of its responsibility of ensuring proper conduct by both staff and students of the University.
“These are in line with internal mechanisms as contained in the Regulations Governing the Service of Senior Staff of the University, 2017.
“Management assures staff, students, parents and other stakeholders that investigations will be pursued to its logical conclusion to ensure that justice is served.” The statement read.