Despite punitive measures being taken by the management of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in Zaria, many students are battling to overcome the trauma of sexual harassment and abuse by their lecturers. Asabe (not real name) was excited to secure admission into the famous Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.
She has however never envisaged that her life would be ruined while in the course of pursuing knowledge. To her chagrin, one of the people responsible for training her in character and learning, forcibly had carnal knowledge of her, in his office
An inside source in the university confided in Daily Trust Saturday that the incident took place in the Faculty of Education: “The security unit of the university handled the case before it was taken over by the police. Every one of us was disturbed when it was discovered that the man was both HIV and hepatitis positive.”
It was learnt that the alleged victim is a 100-level student.
The source added: “When such incidents happen, we subject both the victim and the suspect to various tests. It was after the tests that this man was found to be both HIV and hepatitis positive.
This aggravated the case, where the police completely took over the prosecution. We are all not happy, because this is cruel, for somebody who knows that he is carrying serious diseases, to rape an innocent girl.”
The case of Asabe is presently being handled by the police in Kaduna. It was gathered that the father of the girl is close to top government officials, which is why the case is receiving prompt attention. Investigations also revealed that many lecturers – and even students – who were caught over sexual harassment were dismissed by the university, with some even prosecuted.
However, the disturbing trend is yet to subside. A recent case involved a lecturer in one of the departments of the Faculty of Social Sciences. The lecturer, according to findings, has been failing one of his female students in a 300-level course he teaches. A Security Unit source said: “He plainly told the girl she can’t pass the course without submitting herself to him. Left with no option, she came here to the Security Unit and reported. We set a trap for him by asking the girl to play along.
He went and booked a hotel room, and we arrested him while he was attempting to have sex with the girl.