The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at Ambrose Alli University, (AAU) Ekpoma, Monday Igbafen has been suspended by the university’s management over alleged sexual harassment.
Dr Igbafen who teaches in the Department of Philosophy at AAU was alleged to have been threatening female students with sex-for-marks.
In a statement signed by the university’s spokesman, Edward Aihevba, and obtained by EduCeleb.com, the University 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 sex-for-marks.
Mr Aihevba said Igbafen has earlier been found culpable and indicted by an investigative panel of the university for the offence of sexual harassment.
He said the family of an unnamed female victim had earlier threatened to drag the institution before the ICPC if it failed to bring Igbafen to book.
The statement read in part thus, “On receipt of the petition, the university management asked for his comments. His response was found unsatisfactory. He was therefore arraigned before the SSDC.
“As due process demands, he has been suspended from the university pending the determination of the allegation leveled against him.
“He is therefore not allowed to participate or involved in any university duties or functions except those related to SSDC during the period of his suspension.”
Meanwhile, Igbafen in his reaction to suspension has threatened to expose the AAU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ignacious Onimawo to the world, noting that blackmail does not work within the university.
Igbafen said the suspension was part of a grand plan to intimidate ASUU chapter of the university, and alleged that the Vice Chancellor has a personal vendetta against him.
According to him, “It is a grand plot that will fail. The VC is desperate because he has so many things to hide. He is looking for a weak ASUU to manipulate.
“That petition was written against two of us when I was a Lecturer II in 2011. I answered it that my hands are clean. Is that why he is denying me of my promotion?
“All these things are plot to destabilise the Union. It is cheap blackmail. The VC is desperate to decimate ASUU. I know he is behind all the petitions against me.”