Beware of female students, group warns lecturers
By Adekunle Adebayo
An academic pressure group, Ivory Tower Watcthdog, has warned lecturers in Nigerian universities to beware of female students, alerting them to “a new trend of students blackmailing teachers for automatic pass in tough courses”.
This was contained in a statement signed by the National Secretary of the group, Comrade Salihu Adaji and made available to Journalists in Abuja on Sunday.
Adaji said the warning became necessary after “a study of seven cases of alleged sexual assault leveled against lecturers revealed four to be calculated blackmail capitalising on close affinity with the lecturers.
The statement read, “We condemn in unequivocal terms sexual harassment of female students by lecturers. Sex-for-mark is reprehensible and a grave assault on the integrity of the academic community. Those guilty should be punished appropriately.
“We, however, discovered a trend of deliberate blackmail of unsuspecting lecturers who in their departments had insisted on students genuinely passing their courses. We have cases of students deliberately setting up lecturers and scandalising them if they failed to cooperate.
“This was the case of Prof Adeniji of University of Abuja.Contrary to inaccurate reporting, the recent sex story is not a case of sex for mark or sexual harassment. The said student has no carryover in the Professor’s course and she passed her last two courses taken by the professor.
“Our Investigation showed that the student,banking on her closeness, asked the professor to prevail on other lecturers to help her in clearing about 11 courses of other lecturers that she’s carrying over. The refusal of Adeniji led to the set up that was widely reported as sex for mark.”.
The group further stated that similar incident of blackmail was discovered in the case of sexual assault leveled against a lecturer of Ekiti State University, adding “this is why we are warning our colleagues nationwide.
“Review your relationship with female students in your departments.Be watchful. You can be set up. Learn from others by severing all unofficial contacts with female students”, the statement concluded.