Nigerian lecturer dragged to court over alleged money gratification and harassment of female student

A lecturer of the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Dr. Balogun Olaniran has been dragged for allegedly demanding sexual and monetary gratification from a female student.

Olaniran was arraigned by Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) before Justice Osinuga of the Ijebu-Ode High Court, sitting in Ijebu Ode.

According to the ICPC, the defendant, Olaniran was brought before the court one-count charge for violating Section 8(1) (a) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

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The ICPC counsel also told the court how the lecturer while being the Head of the Department of Religious Studies at TASUED sometime between October and November 2021, demanded for sexual benefit or the payment of N100,000 from a female student with a promise to alter her academic grades.

“Within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, you Dr. Balogun Olaniran, corruptly demanded for sexual benefit or payment of the sum of N100,000 for yourself from a female student.

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“That is on account of a favour to be afterwards shown her in the discharge of his official duties as a lecturer and Head of Department of Religious Studies at the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu Ode, to wit, offering to alter her academic grades from fail to pass in courses with codes EDU 311 and EDU 312,” part of the charge reads.

The defendant, Dr. Olaniran pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.

The trial judge, Justice Osinuga admitted the defendant to bail of N500,000 with a surety in like sum.

The surety must provide evidence of 3 years of tax clearance and evidence of means.

The matter was adjourned to May 11, 2023 for commencement of trial.

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