Sex-for-grade: Rivers varsity suspends senior lecturer, cuts salary

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The Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, said one of its senior lecturers, Dr Samuel Abiye, has been suspended for three months for allegedly demanding sex from a female student in exchange for grades.


The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Ozo-Mekuri Ndimele, disclosed this in a statement in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.


Ndimele said from an audio recording obtained by the school, Abiye promised to help the student pass his course as well as courses taught by other lecturers in his department if she gave in to his advances.


According to the statement, he asked the student to meet him at a hotel where he planned to satisfy his sexual pleasures.


It read, “The management of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education has suspended Dr Samuel Abiye of the Department of Curriculum Studies for three months on half salary over allegation of sexual extortion for grade from one of his female students.


“He was recorded by a female student who he promised to help to pass his course and all other courses taught by other lecturers in their department, if and only if, she could help him through sexual gratification.


“Dr Abiye directed the female student to meet him at the King James Hotels towards Eagle Cement area of Rumuolumeni, where she was to be explored sexually in exchange for grades.



“In the interim, the university has directed that all courses taught by Dr Abiye for the first semester of 2020/2021 be re-graded through conference marking to be supervised by the dean of education.


“All his courses and supervisees have been reassigned to other lecturers in his department. The matter has been referred to the University Staff Disciplinary Committee for further investigation to determine his fate.”