The University of Lagos has disowned lecturer Dr. Akin Baruwa who reportedly raped an 18-year-old admission seeker.
The head of the Information Unit of the university, Olagoke Oke, who spoke with a Punch reporter said Dr Baruwa is not on the university’s employee list whether teaching or non-teaching.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
The newspaper also quoted some students in the Faculty of Business Administration who claimed that the suspect was a part-time lecturer of the accounting department of the university.
“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,” one student said.
Baruwa allegedly raped the young girl, who was seeking admission to the university, in his office on July 23, 2015 and is currently in detention at the Kirikiri Prison.
He was arraigned before Ikeja Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, on Thursday.
Recently, a graduate of University of Lagos, Imonitie Ilen-Otuma, arrested by the police for allegedly raping a 27-year old woman in Lekki, Lagos.