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Lecturer docked for attempted rape of student

By Chidi Nkwopara
A senior lecturer in Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) {names withheld}, has been arraigned before Magistrate Court 2, Owerri, on a three-count charge of attempting to have unlawful carnal knowledge of his student (names withheld) without her consent.

According to the charge sheet, OW/291C/2009, the lecturer was 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 to enable her 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.

The charge also revealed that the alleged crime was committed June 5, 2009, at Optimum Hotel, Owerri and Mr. Fans, Mbari Street, Owerri.

In her statement, the complainant recalled that she was rusticated from FUTO, adding that it was after her pardon by the institution’s management that the accused lecturer committed the alleged offence.

Although the accused pleaded not guilty as charged, Vanguard reliably gathered that the lecturer has been suspended by the University pending the outcome of the court proceedings.


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