A shocking incident at the University of Lagos has come to light as an undergraduate student, whose identity has been withheld, accuses Dr. Kadiri Akeem Babalola, an associate professor at the institution, of rape in his office. The alleged incident occurred when the student sought answers regarding her academic results.
The Lagos State Police have responded swiftly to the accusations by ordering the arrest of the lecturer. An arrest warrant was issued by Commissioner of Police Idowu Owohunmi through the state High Court, and the Vice Chancellor of the university has also been drawn into the matter.
According to the victim, the incident transpired on August 16 when she visited Dr. Kadiri’s office to address issues concerning her academic results. Instead of receiving assistance, she claims she was subjected to sexual assault.
The non-governmental organization Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation (InclusiveSWEF), where the victim reported the case, has played a pivotal role in seeking justice for the student. They brought the matter to the attention of the Gender Unit of the Lagos State Police Command.
In response to the allegations, the university’s authorities have acknowledged the situation and are fully cooperating with the police. A statement released by Adejoke Alaga-Ibraheem, the Head of the Communication Unit for the University of Lagos Management, on September 6, 2023, confirms the institution’s awareness of the ongoing investigation.
The statement reads, “We are aware of an ongoing investigation of staff. The University of Lagos Management, on Monday, August 28, 2023, received a letter from the Nigeria Police Force inviting a staff member of the University for questioning. The staff member was immediately informed of this development and advised to comply. On Tuesday, August 29, 2023, the staff complied.”
“While we are not yet privy to the full details of the incident that led to the arrest of the staff, we are fully aware that the investigation is ongoing, and we are cooperating with security agencies to ensure that the matter is resolved in the interest of justice. Management, once again, reiterates its commitment to ensuring that justice is served, and encourages students, faculty, and staff to continue to go about their legitimate pursuits.
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