No fewer than six lecturers are being investigated by the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU or Unizik) authorities over sex scandal.
This was disclosed by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Charles Esimone, while speaking with reporters in Awka.
Already, two of such randy lecturers have been shown the way out, while two others are on suspension.Intimidation and harassment of female students in the institution had become rampant over the years without the management doing any tangible thing about the complaints
However, he said he did not institute any panel that indicted one of the lecturers, who was suspended for three months a few weeks ago, as being claimed in some quarters.The vice chancellor said if after thorough investigation, any of such lecturers was found guilty, the lecturer would be sacked, adding that the school had zero tolerance for such offences.
Esimone said: “The case involving one of the said lecturers never came up under me as a vice chancellor. It was not under my tenure and I won’t be able to say much about it. It maybe possible under any of my predecessors.“But what I saw was a social media report -suspending him which is the way to go.
Due process is important in handling such an issue.” First, is to suspend the person and investigate. What we are doing now is investigation and once it is completed and he is indicted by the committee, it will then go to the joint council senate disciplinary committee and that is the committee that whatever it says will be presented to the council -the final decision.”” If we do otherwise, he will go to court; even if it stays 10 years and that is what we have had.
The previous VCs’ did that and those who had come back , we are paying heavily because due process was not followed.” Once you suspend a person, we investigate properly. There is no emotions ,no sentiment about it, if you use emotion and dismissed the person, no problem,one year after, he will approach court for damages.“We have paid between 75 millions and 80 million naira for something we knew were oblivious, but we did not follow due process.
We are following due process in this case , once he is found culpable , he will leave the university, there is no two ways about it” Prof. Esimone said.