An audio clip of a University of Ilorin lecturer sexually harassing one of his students has led to his resignation.
Allegedly caught in the act, which leaked on social media last week, was Dr. Mohamed Sani Idiagbon, the Head of the Department of English. His victim, identified only as “Faith” by the Students’ Union President, is said to be a 200 level student of the department.
SaharaReporters has obtained consent from the victim to distribute this audio .
Faith had gone to the perpetrator’s office concerning a Continuous Assessment test she had missed, and the lecturer appears to have seized the opportunity to sexually harass her.
A student of the University who requested anonymity told SaharaReporters that Dr. Idiagbon does his sexual and corrupt acts in collaboration with his colleagues in the department. In that regard, he mentioned another lecturer nicknamed “Michael Alabi Jackson”, as one of his allies.
That student told SaharaRepoters that if the university promises to protect the female students in the department, several of them will come into the open about Dr. Idiagbon’s track record of sexual harassment.
In a phone interview, the University’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Kunle Akogun, confirmed Dr. Idiagbon resignation after he had been suspended and removed as the head of the English department.
Mr. Akogun told SaharaReporters that Dr. Idiagbon refused to honor an invitation of the Staff Disciplinary Committee before he chose to resign.
He further stated that the university is investigating the matter and will ensure that the lecturer is duly punished if found guilty of the allegations against him.
In his words, “The university frowns against sexual harassment or any other harassment at that. The university is making necessary investigation and once we are done, the culprit will be brought to book.”
The sub-dean of student affairs, Dr. Yussuf, told our reporter that the case was reported to the Students’ Support Centre shortly after the Easter break.
Investigations show that the university failed to take the case seriously until the video went viral on social media, suggesting that the institution is normally negligent in such matters. Dr. Yussuf assured that Faith will be protected from any form of victimisation.
Close friends of the victim said she has been traumatised since the video went viral.
Student Union President Idris Alao said his union was pleased by the actions of the university management so far and assured that Faith’s studentship is not threatened in any way.
A bill which recommends five years in jail for teachers who engage in sexual relationships with students is currently making its way through the federal legislature. It provides no option of fine for anyone convicted of the crime.
Dutch Police bust biggest cocaine lab, arrest 17 suspects
The police in the Netherlands raided and dismantled a massive cocaine washing plant in the Drenthe village of Nijeveen last week.
“This is the largest cocaine laboratory ever found in the Netherlands,” Andre van Rijn of the police’s dismantling facility LFO said. He estimated that the lab could produce between 150 and 200 kilos of cocaine per day.
“That number of kilos equals a street value of between 4.5 and 6 million euros (uncut).”
The police raided the cocaine washing plant on August 7.
The lab was set up in a converted horse riding school. In addition to the laboratory, the police also found sleeping quarters and recreation rooms built on the site.
In such a cocaine washing plant, cocaine is extracted from carrier material, such as clothing, and converted into cocaine base. Sheds in Elshout and Apeldoorn were also raided on the same day, as part of the investigation.
At the lab in Nijeveen, the police found tens of thousands of litres of chemicals and about 100 kilograms of cocaine base. In Apeldoorn, they found about 120 thousand kilograms of carrier material. The drug lab was so large that it took the LFO three days to dismantle it and carefully dispose of the chemical material it contained.
16 suspects were arrested at the production location in Nijeveen, including the owner of the site. One suspect was arrested in Apeldoorn. Three of the suspects have Dutch nationality, one is Turkish, and the other 13 have Colombian nationality, the police said. They are suspected of producing drugs.
The suspects will be arraigned on Wednesday and Thursday.
More arrests may follow, the police said.
Ex-banker, civil servants in court for alleged payroll fraud
Five individuals, four of whom are Federal Government’s employees have been arraigned for allegedly manipulating data in the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) in their agencies to defraud the government.
Anthony Ogar (of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja), Joy Write (IPPIS Desk Officer in the ministry), Olanrewaju Babatunde Ladipo (of the Nigeria Space Research and Development Agency – NSRDA), Joshua Ojinimi Omachonu (also of NSRDA) and Samuel Akaolisa Enwerem (an ex-banker and businessman of Suit D1, Summit Villa Hotels and Suites, Life Camp Junction, Abuja) were arraigned on Monday.
They were arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja on an 11-count charge, marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/159/2020, filed on behalf of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) by Aminu Alilu of the Federal Ministry of Justice.
The defendants, whose alleged offences are said to be contrary to and punishable under the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act 2015, pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to them.
Alilu, who led the prosecution team, did not object to the defendants’ ball application, following which Justice Ahmed Mohammed granted each of them bail at N10million with one surety in like sum, among other conditions.
Justice Mohammed gave the defence lawyers the option of undertaking to take custody of their clients pending when they are able to meet the bail conditions, failing which they should be remanded in prison until each of them meets the bail conditions.
The judge adjourned till October 20 for trial.
Some of the counts in the charge read:
*That you Anthony Ogar of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja; Olanrewaju Babatunde Ladipo of Nigeria Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja; Samuel Akaolisa Enwerem of Suite D1, Summit Villa Hotels and Suites, Life Camp Junction, Abuja; Joshua Ojinimi Omachonu of Nigeria Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja and Joy Wright (IPPIS) Desk Officer of Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Abuja, did cause the loss of about N140million belonging to the Federal Government of Nigeria by unlawfully inputting, migrating and reactivating several accounts of fictitious employees of the Federal Government of Nigeria in the Integrated Personal Payroll System platform with the intent to unlawfully confer economic benefits on yourselves.
*That you Anthony Ogar of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja; Olanrewaju Babatunde Ladipo of Nigeria Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja; Samuel Akaolisa Enwerem of Suite D1, Summit Villa Hotels and Suites, Life Camp Junction, Abuja; Joshua Ojinimi Omachonu of Nigeria Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja and Joy Wright (IPPIS) Desk Officer of Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Abuja, did cause the loss of N178, 597.92k, belonging to Juliana Abiola Oyedepo, an employee of the Federal Government by altering her salary Account No.26l2012614 domiciled with the Eco Bank P10 in the IPPIS platform and inputting another account NO. 3133414577 in her name domiciled with the First Bank Plc without her consent for the purpose of conferring economic benefits on yourselves.
*That you Joy Wright, (IPPIS) Desk Officer of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja and Anthony Ogar of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja, sometimes in 2017 at Abuja, with intent to defraud, did manipulate the salary grade levels of five fictitious or unknown persons under the employment of the Federal Government of Nigeria in the IPPIS platform with intent to overpay them and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 14 (4) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under the same section of the Act.
Cameroonian arrested with five Nigerian passports
The Nigeria Immigration border patrol officers at Yala border patrol base in Cross River State have arrested a Cameroonian, Kouaha Dieudonne, attempting to cross into the country.
The Comptroller of Cross River State Command, Okey Ezugwu, who briefed the Comptroller-General of Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, stated that the 42-year-old was apprehended with Cameroonian and Guinea-Bissau passports bearing his name and five Nigerian passports belonging to other persons.
According to a statement on Monday by the NIS spokesman, DCI Sunday James, the CG has ordered a thorough investigation and report on the arrest, while commending the Comptroller of the Cross River Command and the officers at Yala border for “a job well done and display of professionalism.”
“The arrested migrant will be prosecuted after necessary charges are established for his prosecution in line with immigration laws.”
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