Fed Poly Bauchi fires two lecturers for alleged sexual harassment
The Board of Directors of the Federal Polytechnic in Bauchi on Sunday approved the dismissal of two professors, Malam Abubakar Baba and Mr. Adebusoye, over allegations of sexual harassment against them.
The rector, Mr. Sunusi Gumau, announced their dismissal during a briefing to journalists at the end of the 98th meeting of the council, yesterday in Bauchi.
Gumau said the decision was taken after a thorough investigation into the matter by a committee set up by the institution.
He said that Baba was a lecturer in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics while Mr. Sunday was a lecturer in the Department of General Studies.
âThis is the final verdict of all that has made waves in the media regarding the issue of our staff reported on suspected cases of rape.
âThis issue of Abubakar Baba appeared on August 4, 2021. Under the rules of the Polytechnic, if a problem of this magnitude occurs, the complainant must write and she writes immediately.
âI asked the staff to be interviewed. When we questioned him, the suspect responded and the response was unsatisfactory, and we formed a committee to thoroughly investigate the case to a logical conclusion.
âWe did and after the committee submitted its report, the senior management nomination and discipline committee met, invited the suspects, cross-examined and made our recommendation to the board.
“Today; the council finally approved the dismissal of Abubakar Baba from the services of the Federal Polytechnic of Bauchi,” said the rector.
Sanusi further revealed that Sunday was also dismissed from the service of the Polytechnic with immediate effect.
The rector said concrete evidence had been established against Sunday for sexually assaulting his student.
He added that the victims had military backgrounds, which prompted perpetrators to expose themselves.
Gumau said the two speakers were no longer Polytechnic staff members and assured that their dismissal letter would be delivered to the necessary security agencies for the appropriate actions.
âIn Baba’s case, the father of the student involved is a soldier, while in Sunday’s case, the victim is the sister of a soldier.
The rector commended the government of Bauchi State, traditional leaders and host communities for their support for the institution.
Meanwhile, the rector revealed that the institution’s Academic Council of Students also expelled 30 students for various offenses.
Gumau said 14 of the students were expelled for exam malpractice while 16 others for certificate forgery