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Alleged Sexual Harassment of pregnant woman: Husband wants Prof’s appointment terminated

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By Tina Akannam

Dutse—The husband of the pregnant woman, Mrs, Bushira Isyaku, who was  allegedly sexually harassed by Professor Festus David Kolo of Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria, Malam Muhammad Isyaku, has asked the university to terminate the appointment of the don.

A Chief Magistrate Court in Kiyawa Local Government Area  of Jigawa State sentenced Professor Kolo of the Faculty of Education at Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria to two months imprisonment last week for knowingly enticing a married woman who was a student in his department contrary to Section 389 of the penal code law.

Principal State Counsel,  Mustapha Adamu, who read the First Information Report, said that on May 21, one Muhammad Ghali of Takur Quarters Dutse “reported you, Prof. Festus David Kolo of ABU, knowing fully well that Mrs Bushra Ghali Muhammed is his wife, and you have been making advances towards her, inciting her, calling her often, sending her love SMS messages using your phone…”

Adamu further said: “You, Prof. Kolo, was caught red handed by the police at Dan Musa Guest House, Room 109 with Ghali’s wife after he reported the case to the police and after several warnings and pleas by the husband.’’

Malam Isyaku who spoke in an interview with Vanguard yesterday said that the two-month imprisonment for the 66- year professor was too mild.

He argued that since the court had found him guilty of committing the offence and sentenced him,  he should face dismissal from the university because of the integrity of the institution.

Isyaku who is a lecturer with the Jigawa State Polytechnic, stressed that dismissing Prof Kolo from the services of ABU would serve as a deterrent to others who had formed the habit of seeking to have a canal knowledge of their females students.

’Though the two months sentence given to the convict by the Kiyawa Chief Magistrate Court was less severe, but at least it has sent a signal to lecturers who involve themselves in such dirty behaviour that no body is above the law,” he said.

He further said that he spoke with the Prof Kolo severally on the telephone and even begged him to stop calling his wife’s phone, but the he persisted and even visited his wife in Dutse, Jigawa state where he was eventually apprehended by security operatives

’’I asked professor Kolo if he knew that Bushira is a married woman, he said yes, and I told him to please keep off from her. He apologised but kept on calling my wife who reported the matter to their class representative who advised her to switch off her telephone,’’ he added.

He told Vanguard that his wife got admission in ABU Zaria to do her Masters  in Guidance and Counselling, adding that his first encounter with his wife was when the convict gave them attendance register to write their names and telephone numbers for identification.

According to Isyaku, soon after his wife signed and went for prayers, Prof Kolo started calling her repeatedly.  ‘’She saw five missed calls from Kolo when she came back from prayers. Kolo persisted calling her number despite several warnings.’’

The accused pleaded guilty to the charge. His lawyers M.A. Gausu and R.A. Nwande told the court that the accused wass above 60 years and the bread winner of his family and therefore begged the court to temper justice with mercy.

In his ruling, Senior Magistrate Muhammed Musa Kaugama said that although the convict was a first offender, “this court hereby sentences the convict to two months imprisonment without option of fine,’’ to serve as deterrent to others.

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