Covenant University, Ota in Ogun State has terminated the appointment of a lecturer in the Department of Business Management Dr. Stephen Ukenna for allegedly defiling a 17-year-old student of the school.
The lecturer was arrested by operatives of the Ogun State Police Command on March 11, 2021.
On interrogation, the suspect reportedly admitted having carnal knowledge of the victim, but was unable to give any reason for his action.
It was gathered that the lecturer was dismissed following the recommendation of the panel set up to look into the matter.
The university said: “Immediately we learnt of this unfortunate incident; we tracked, arrested, and handed him over to the police. The university supports the prosecution of this wolf in sheep clothing.
“We are in touch with the family of the student and will support her recovery efforts. Covenant University will never condone evil under any guise.”
It was earlier reported that he was nabbed on March 11, after a complaint was lodged at Ota Area Command by the parents of the victim.
The spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed in a statement that the victim called her parents on phone from the school that she was invited by the lecturer to his office on the said date under the pretense that he wanted to plan a surprise birthday party for her close friend.
“But on getting to the lecture’s office, he locked the office door and forcefully had sex with her on top of the table in his office.
Upon the report, the Area Commander Ota, Acp Muyideen Obe swiftly deployed his JWC team to the school where the randy lecturer was promptly arrested.
On interrogation, the suspect admitted having carnal knowledge of the victim, but was unable to give any reason for his action.” the statement read.
The lecturer has been dismissed with immediate effect as approved by the Chancellor and President of the University’s board, Bishop David Oyedepo.
An Alumnus of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Nigeria with a Doctor of Philosophy in Marketing, the suspect was employed in the University in 2017 as a lecturer in the Department of Marketing.