Tunde Ososanya | 23 October, 2019
Following a one-man protest at the Kaduna State University (KASU) by a female graduate of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), KASU has suspended one of its academic staff, Bala Umar, popularly known as AB Umar, for allegedly soliciting sex for grade.
The deputy vice chancellor of KASU, academics, Professor Abdullahi Ashafa, said the institution has zero tolerance for sexual harassment misconduct by its members of staff and would deal appropriately with anyone found wanting, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the protester said Umar was sacked by ABU for sexual misconduct and later employed by KASU. The ABU graduate said Umar was not fit to lecture in any institution.
The deputy vice chancellor said Umar was appointed in error, adding that there was no thorough investigation to ascertain what made him leave ABU at the age of 54.
Ashafa said: “This is a normal management meeting that holds every week as mandated by the institution’s management to receive reports from faculties, directorates and units of the university.
“Sometimes in the first week of October, a lady who was an ex-student of ABU twitted that a former staff of the institution who is employed by KASU, had sexually harassed her when he was a staff at ABU.
“She mentioned his name and the vice chancellor of KASU quickly formed a committee to investigate the issue, not only to clear its name, but to reassure parents and students who are studying here or intend to study of their safety.
“KASU is building a reputable name as a centre of excellence, so such allegations need to be investigated and cleared.
“The incident did not occur in KASU, but the way the issue is being portrayed is like we are providing a safe haven for those whose appointments had been terminated elsewhere.”