The management of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State, has announced the suspension of Dr. Desen Mbachaga, a lecturer in the Theatre and Media Arts Department, over alleged sexual harassment.
Mr. Foluso Ogunmodede, the Chief Information Officer to the Vice-Chancellor, said Mbachaga, an associate professor, was suspended “on the grounds of a prima facie evidence of sexual harassment established against him by a panel set up by the institution’s Faculty of Arts, which probed the allegation.”
Ogunmodede, in a statement titled, ‘FUOYE suspends lecturer over alleged sexual harassment, said, Prof Abayomi Fasina, “The Vice-Chancellor, has set up a five-member committee to further investigate the allegation with a view to getting to the root of the allegation of sexual harassment against the beset lecturer.”
Fasina, said the suspension, which was with immediate effect, would pave the way for the committee to further probe the allegation.
Ogunmodede added, “The VC, who has zero-tolerance for indiscipline and any form of sexual harassment against students of the institution, has afterward Okayed the suspension of Dr. Mbachaga to allow for proper investigation of the matter.
“Besides, the VC has also mandated the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Prof Tajudeen Opoola, to conduct a proper probe into another allegation of sexual harassment against another lecturer in the same department and submit the report in due time for necessary action.”
According to him, the current management of the university will do its best to clean the system of all vices.