October 07, (THEWILL) – The University of Benin (UNIBEN) has referred to the Police, a case of alleged rape of a female student by a lecturer in the Department of English and Literature of the institution, Dr. Bode Steve Ekundayo.
The Institution in a statement issued on Thursday by its Public Relations Officer, Dr. Benedicta Ehanire Ekundayo, said, the accused lecturer has also been issued a query and placed on interdiction pending the conclusion of investigations by the Police.
According to the statement, “A security report of preliminary investigation into alleged rape and detention of a 400 Level female student of the Department of English and Literature, University of Benin, by a lecturer in the department has been submitted to the management of the university.
“Considering the gravity of the allegations and legal issues involved, the matter has been referred to the Police for further investigation.
“Management is, however, not oblivious of its responsibility of ensuring proper conduct by both staff and students of the university.
“Accordingly, management has directed that the lecturer, Dr. Bode Steve Ekundayo, be issued a query and placed on interdiction pending the conclusion of investigations by the Police.
“These are in line with internal mechanisms as contained in the Regulations Governing the Service of Senior Staff of the University, 2017.
“Management assures staff, students, parents and other stakeholders that investigations will be pursued to its logical conclusion to ensure that justice is served.”