UNILORIN to sack lecturer accused of raping teenage student

University-of-Ilorin UNILORIN

The University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) is set to dismiss a lecturer in the Department of Arts Education, Solomon Olowookere, accused of raping a 17-year-old student.

According to a report by Premium Times, the university had adopted the report of a disciplinary committee which recommended his dismissal.

Mr Olowookere was said to have increased the student’s test score as compensation for the alleged assault.

The online news platform said the lecturer had earlier admitted to the assault and later denied wrongdoing.

It said the head of his department, the dean of faculty of education, and the dean of students’ affairs, all confirmed the attack occurred.

The panel, after conducting interviews and making its findings, submitted its report in April indicting the lecturer of four offences: showing the student her test score, altering the result, raping the girl and doing so in his office.

Conversations held during interview stage by the panel which was obtained by the online news platform showed that the student denied making the charge.

The panel interviewed the lecturer, his accuser, two deans, the head of the department, two faculty professors, and the lecturer responsible for signing course forms.

Mr Olowookere was said to have told the panel that his earlier offer to resign was not an admission of guilt but that he was acting on advice that there was little chance for his case to be believed in such accusation.