The Kaduna State University, KASU, has terminated the appointment of a lecturer identified as Dr. Idowu Abbas over alleged sexual harassment.
The institution, in a statement by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Prof. Abdullahi Ashafa on Friday, also promoted no fewer than 12 lecturers to the rank of Professor while eight others to an Associate Professor’s rank.
According to the statement, Dr. Idowu Abbas, who was a lecturer in the Department of Geography, was said to have hugged a female student from behind against her will when she went to his office for project-related matters.
The Deputy VC (Academic) said the university’s Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee, chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) investigated the alleged sexual harassment against Abbas before relieving him of his job.
He said; “According to the report, Abbas confessed in his testimony to have touched and hugged a female student he was supervising her project from behind against her will when she went to his office to discuss her project.
“His testimonies also revealed other nasty and randy misbehaviour he exhibited to the student.
“This gross misconduct violated Section 8.7 Paragraph (f) of the Administrative and Academic Regulations in Kaduna State University.
“The regulations state that ‘victimization/harassment of student through examination mark is punishable by dismissal and/or termination of appointment.”