The Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, has sacked two of its lecturers who were found guilty of sexual harassment of two students.
A statement on Sunday said this was the decision of the 98th meeting of the governing council of the institution on Saturday, led by its Chairman, Isaac Ogbobula.
The dismissed lecturers are Musa Baba of the General Studies Department and Adebusoye Sunday of the Nutrition and Dietetics Department.
Punch Metro learnt that a human rights organisation, Prison Inmate Development, had, in a letter of complaint to the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, alleged that the management of the polytechnic was covering up Baba despite an allegation that he raped a student.
But addressing journalists at the end of the board meeting, the Rector, Sanusi Gumau, denied the allegation.
Gumau, who was flanked by the chairman and members of the governing council, said when the victim wrote on the incident to the management, Baba was queried, as a panel was set up to investigate him.
He said, “I welcome you to witness the final verdict of all that has been making waves in the media concerning the issue of our staff member who was reported to have been allegedly involved in rape, Abubakar Musa Baba.
“But what surprises me the most is that it is only his name that is being mentioned. The other lecturer’s name was silent in the media; I don’t know the reason or the rationale behind it.
“This issue of Musa Baba came up on August 3, 2021. The extant rule of the polytechnic is that if an issue of this magnitude happens, the complainant has to write. And immediately when she wrote, the registrar, that very evening, was in my house with her HOD.
“I directed that the staff member be queried, which was the next line of action as per the extant rule of our institution as provided by the Federal Government. But when his reply was not satisfactory, we established a committee to investigate that matter thoroughly to its logical conclusion.”
He added that after the committee submitted its report and other processes were followed, the council approved the dismissal of Baba from the institution.
Gumau noted that the second lecturer, Sunday, was also dismissed for a similar offence.
The rector said the dismissal letters of the erring lecturers would be handed over to the police and the Department of State Services, which assisted the institution in the cases.
Meanwhile, the polytechnic said 30 students were also dismissed for examination malpractices and forgery of certificates.