The university referred charges of alleged rape and illegal detention against Dr. Steve Ekundayo to the police for inquiry, according to a statement made Thursday by its spokesperson, Dr. Benedicta Ehanire in Benin.
Because of the nature of the claims and the legal concerns involved, the decision was made.
Ekundayo, a senior lecturer in the English and Literature Department, allegedly raped a 400-level student in her office on Tuesday and then locked her up for several hours, according to the Nigeria News Agency (NAN).
However, police were said to have rescued the student after the victim sent a panic text message to a friend.
Management had ordered the instructor to be questioned and banned awaiting the outcome of police investigations, according to Ehanire.
"A security report of a preliminary investigation into allegations of rape and detention of a 400-level student in the Department of English and Literature at the University of Benin, by a teacher of the department, has been submitted to management. of the University," the statement read in part.
“The case has been referred to the police for further investigation due to the seriousness of the allegations and the legal issues involved.
"However, management is aware of its role in ensuring the proper conduct of both university staff and students.
"These comply with the internal methods outlined in the University's 2017 Regulations governing senior staff service."
Staff, students, parents, and other stakeholders were assured that justice would be served as the inquiry into the matter progressed to a logical conclusion.
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