The Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ) has reportedly sacked one of the lecturers under its flagship, Mr Tene John, over an alleged sexual assault on one of his students, identified as Ms Anjola Ogunyemi.
NIJ announced the sacking of the lecturer in an official release signed by its Registrar and also published on its official social media handles on Monday.
Some other Lecturers in the journalism institute who spoke to newsmen have confirmed the authenticity of the release.
Ms Ogunyemi had accused Tene of attempting to forcefully have sexual intercourse with her in his office.
Following her accusations, she subsequently petitioned the institute and demanded a probe to the event. She claimed the incident happened at Professor Tene’s office when she arrived at the institute for a morning lecture.
After preliminary investigations, the institute relieved Tene of his job and warned other lecturers and students to desist from such deceitful act.
The statement released by the NIJ read:
”Our attention has been drawn to a post on the social media, by one of our students, Ms Anjola Ogunyemi in National Diploma One, alleging sexual harassment against one of our part-time lecturers, Mr Tene John.
“Ms Ogunyemi’s petition to the school on the alleged sexual harassment was received on December 19, 2019 – the day of our vacation. And the Provost called her on that same day to acknowledge the receipt of her petition, assuring her that the matter will be looked into appropriately.
“The institution, thereafter, set up a panel of three lecturers: two females and a male. The panel sat and took evidence from the two parties and witnesses concerned. On Friday, January 17, 2020 – the last day of its sitting, the accused and the accuser were made to confront each other at the panel.
“It was difficult for the panel to establish concretely a case of sexual harassment in its report because there were glaring contradictions in the testimonies of the two parties and witnesses.
“We wish to place on record that Ms Ogunyemu walked out on the panel and ran to the social media to tell her story on the day the panel’s final sitting.
“In view of our institution’s zero tolerance for improper conduct on the part of the staff and students, and in light of the interest the matter has generated, the following decisions have been taken: the lecturer concerned, Mr Tene, who has been on our faculty for over a decade has been relieved of his appointment, we thank him for his services and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours.”