University ASUU chairman suspended over sex-for-marks scandal

University ASUU chairman suspended over sex-for-marks scandal

The management of the Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma in Edo
state, has suspended the Chairman of ASUU branch of the University, Dr.
Monday Igbafen over alleged gross misconduct bordering on sexual
harassment and threats of sex for marks.

Leadership reports that Igbafen’s suspension order was contained in
University’s News Bulletin, dated 13th February and signed by the Deputy
Registrar information/Public Relations Officer, Edward Aihevba, titled
“Suspension of Dr. M.L. Ugandan, associate professor in the department
of philosophy.”

The statement reads in part: 

“The university community is hereby informed that Dr. M. L. Igbafen,
Associate Professor in the department of philosophy, has been suspended
from duty, following his arraignment before the Senior Staff
Disciplinary Committee (SSDC) on allegation of gross misconduct
bordering on sexual harassment and threats of marks for sex.

He had earlier been accused of this offence and an investigative
panel set up, which found him culpable and indicted. Recently, there was
petition by the family of the female student involved, asking that Dr.
M. L. Igbafen be brought to book, failing which the university
management would be reported to ICPC for failure to act.

On receipt of the petition, the University management asked for his
comments. His response was found unsatisfactory. He was therefore
arraigned before the senior staff disciplinary committee (SSDC)…As due
process demands, he has been suspended from the university, pending the
determination of the allegation leveled against him.

He is therefore not allowed to participate or be involved in any
university duties, activities or functions, except those related to
senior staff disciplinary committee (SSDC) during the period of
suspension”.

Reacting to the allegation levelled against him, Igbafen said he was being framed by the school management. 

“If you have been monitoring development in AAU, Ekpoma, you will not
be surprised that a paper like that is coming from the university
administration. It is the climax of a desperate Vice Chancellor who has
so many things to hide, which we will bring to the press. We have been
battling the Vice Chancellor who wants to impose himself to the
University. I am doing my job as ASUU Chairman, there have been several
attempts to compromise me, but I refused, and when they discovered that
they are unable to compromise me, the next thing is to resort to
blackmail.

Ask the Vice Chancellor, when did this issue of sexual harassment
happened. The issue at stake is an attempt to cow the ASUU Chairman. We
will address a world press conference to address the issue.”

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