By Osahon Osahon
Dr. Bode Steve Ekundayo, a senior lecturer in the department of English and Literature, has been suspended by the management of the University Benin (UNIBEN), over alleged rape and detention of a final year female student of the University.
UNIBEN’s Public Relations Officer, Dr. Benedicta Ehanire, stated that the security report of preliminary investigation into the case has been submitted to the management of the University.
She added that Dr. Ekundayo has been referred to the Nigerian Police for further investigation.
“Considering the gravity of the allegations and legal issues involved, the matter has been referred to the police for further investigation.
“Management is oblivious of its responsibility of ensuring proper conduct by both staff and students of the University, and has directed that the lecturer be issued with a query and placed on interdiction pending the conclusion of investigations by the police,” she said.
Ehanire noted that the action is in line with internal mechanisms as contained in the Regulations Governing the Service of Senior Staff of the University, 2017.
“We can assure staff, students, parents and other stakeholders that investigations will be pursued to its logical conclusion to ensure that justice is served,” Ehanire added.