Information has been uncovered on how a professor at the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, (FUOYE), Ekiti State, raped and impregnated a teenage student of his department, Precious Azuka.
Sources at the institution disclose that the victim, Azuka, was in her first semester at FUOYE when she met Prof Atere in March 2017. She was 16 years old then.
The development led to a huge disagreement between Azuka and her boyfriend, Kayode Fasanya.
Fasanya, who started dating Azuka, his classmate, in January 2017, quickly broke the relationship as soon as he was aware of the professor’s love affair with his girlfriend.
Less than two months into their amorous relationship, Azuka noticed she was not well. Further tests revealed she was pregnant.
“I opted for abortion instantly but a doctor I saw said he doesn’t do it. So, when I got to the hostel, I took Lipton tea and lime which made me experience serious blood flow.
“When I didn’t see my menstruation the following months, I didn’t bother. I thought it had cleared,” she told the investigating team.
But by July, Azuka’s physical appearance had indicated she was pregnant.
She said one of her friends, who was staying off-campus, identified simply as Priscilla, took her to an unnamed laboratory official at Oye Ekiti general hospital, a government-owned health facility.
“The laboratory official introduced me to Dr Dada who eventually helped me out,” Azuka said.
However, the doctor said dilation and curettage (D&C) could no longer be conducted. This was due to the stage of the pregnancy which was 21 weeks.
He, therefore, offered to induce Azuka to labour.
On the morning of July 27, 2017, she went into labour and expelled the foetus.
FUOYE VC says lecturer’s resignation without notice unstoppable
Following a petition addressed to FUOYE by an Ado-Ekiti-based legal practitioner, Olaolu Ayodele, the acting dean of students’ affairs on August 10, 2017, caused the university’s hostel management committee to set up a fact-finding sub-committee to look into the matter.
The sub-committee’s report was submitted to the vice-chancellor’s office on August 14, 2017. It was accompanied by a memo from the acting dean of students’ affairs, E. O Adeyemi.
Rather than wait for the outcome of the probe, our sources disclosed that Mr Atere suddenly resigned his appointment.
The manner in which he resigned caused a rumpus on the campus. Some of his colleagues accused the lecturer of absconding. Also, a source claims other lecturers believe he was being protected by the vice-chancellor.
Meanwhile, the embattled professor is reportedly now a lecturer at the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State.
Vice-chancellor of FUOYE, Kayode Soremekun, also confirmed Atere’s resignation. He added that this means he could no longer bring any charge against him.
He said the existing law of the university at the time Mr Atere left permitted resignation without notice.
“I had no power to stop him when he tendered his resignation letter because the law allowed him then. We have just reviewed our law to ensure that appropriate steps are taken before anyone could retire or resign.
“In fact, we have submitted it to the governing council and what we are waiting for is the approval,” he explained.
Meanwhile, the accused lecturer has restated his innocence. 1st News had sought his explanation of the situation. However, his response is still being awaited.
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