The management of the Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, Edo state, have suspended the chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), AAU branch, Prof. Monday Igbafen over alleged sexual harassment.
Prof. Igbafen, who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, was reported to have threatened female students with sex in exchange of marks.
Mr. Edward Aihevba, the institution’s spokesman, said the suspension followed the arraignment of Igbafen before the Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee (SSDC) on allegations of gross misconduct bordering on sexual harassment and threat of marks for sex.
The spokesman said Igbafen had been found culpable and indicted by an investigative panel of the University for sexual harassment. He also said that a family of a female victim had threatened to report the university to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) if it failed to bring Prof. Igbafen to book.
Prof. Igbafen reacted by saying that he would expose the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ignacious Onimawo, to the entire world and that blackmail would not work in the university.
Prof. Igbafen said the suspension was part of a grand plan to intimidate ASUU chapter of the university.