The reported part-time lecturer of the University of Lagos State, Akoka, Dr. Akin Baruwa, who raped his friend’s 18-year-old daughter seeking admission in the school has been disowned by the authorities.
The school’s Head, Information Unit, Mr. Olagoke Oke, on Sunday, August 9, 2015 stated that Baruwa was neither a teaching nor non-teaching staff in the institution.
Baruwa, who was arrested on Monday, August 3, 2015 was on Thursday, August 6, 2015 arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court and detained at the Kirikiri Prison thereafter.
The acclaimed lecturer admitted to having carnal knowledge of the victim but claimed it was based on mutual consent.
Oke revealed that the alleged lecture’s name does not exist on the university’s master list of employees.
He said: “The said Dr. Baruwa is a not a member of staff of the university, whether teaching or non-teaching. He also does not belong to the part-time or full-time teaching staff of the school. His name is not on the master list of workers of the university. I have checked the staff list using his full name and initials and could not come up with any such name as of Friday, August 6, 2015.
“I have also checked the list of office accommodation given to members of staff of the university and his name is not there. There is no office allocation attached to such a name. How he reportedly entered the said office where the crime took place is what we are looking into as an institution.
“While we sympathise with the alleged victim, we are ready to cooperate with every agency of government to get to the root of the matter as soon as possible. As an institution, we do not support any act of violence, not even against women. Therefore, we will help to ensure that the case comes to a logical conclusion.”
On the contrary, some students in the Faculty of Business Administration, who spoke to Punch under the condition of anonymity to avoid being victimized said that Baruwa was a part-time lecturer of the accounting department of the university.
A student said, “I know him as a part-time lecturer in the accounting department. I wonder what the university wants to achieve now by trying to disown him.”
After the story of the rape incident went viral, another student of the school claimed that the same lecturer sexually harassed her during project supervision.