Alleged sexual harassment: Bauchi poly sacks lecturers

The Governing Council of the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi has approved the dismissal of two lecturers, Mallam Abubakar Baba and Mr Adebusoye Sunday, over allegations of sexual harassment levelled against them.

The Rector, Mr Sunusi Gumau, announced their dismissal while briefing newsmen at the end of the 98th meeting of the council on Sunday in Bauchi.

Gumau said the decision was reached after a thorough investigation into the matter by a committee set up by the institution.

He said that Baba was a lecturer at the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics while Mr Sunday was a lecturer at the Department of General Studies.

Gumau said, “This is the final verdict of all that has been making waves in the media concerning the issue of our staff reported on alleged case of rape.

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“This issue of Abubakar Baba came up on the Aug 4, 2021. In the rules of the polytechnic, if an issue of this magnitude happens, the complainant has to write, and immediately she wrote, I asked the staff to be queried.

“When we queried him, the suspect replied and the reply was not satisfactory, and we established a committee to investigate the matter thoroughly to logical conclusion.

“We did that and after the committee submitted its report, the Senior Staff Appointment and Disciplinary Committee met, invited the suspects, cross-examined them, and we made our recommendation to the council.

“Today, the council has finally approved the dismissal of Abubakar Baba from the services of the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi.”

The rector said Mr Sunday was equally dismissed from the service of the polytechnic with immediate effect – saying concrete evidence had been established against the suspect for sexually assaulting his student.

Gumau said the two lecturers were no longer staff members of the polytechnic and assured that their dismissal letter would be handed over to the necessary security agencies for appropriate actions.

Meanwhile, the rector said the Students’ Academic Board of the institution had expelled 30 students for various offences.

Gumau said 14 of the students were expelled for examination malpractice while 16 others for certificate forgery.

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