By Chidi Nkwopara
Owerri – A seniorÂ lecturer in Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) (names withheld), has been arraigned before an Owerri Magistrate Court, Imo state on a three-count charge of attempting to have unlawful carnal knowledge of his student (names withheld), without her consent.
The lecturer, according to the charge,Â is also accused of corruptly asking for and obtaining a bottle of Baron De Valls, two bottles of Gulder beer, a plate of Nkwobi, two plates of semovita and N750 MTN recharge card, amounting to N4,000, from the said female student for her to pass her examination.
The alleged acts contravened Section 359 of the Criminal Code Cap 33 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and 98 B(1) of the Criminal Code Cap C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, as applicable in Imo state.
According to the charge, the alleged offence was committed on June 5, 2009, at Optimum Hotel, Owerri and Mr. Fans, Mbari Street, Owerri.
The complainant, in her statement said that she was rusticated from FUTO, adding that it was after her pardon by the institutionâ€™s management that the accused lecturer committed the alleged offence.
Although the accused pleaded not guilty to the charge, Vanguard reliably gathered that the lecturer has been suspended by the University, pending the outcome of the case in court.