Female student narrates how sacked NIJ lecturer sexually assaulted her
Management of Nigerian Institute of Journalism(NIJ) has sacked a lecturer identified as Tene John for sexually assaulting one of his students identified as Ms Anjola Ogunyemi.
WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that John was sacked after a student narrated how she was sexually assaulted while alone with him in his office at about 7:30am.
Ms Anjola disclosed that Tene John tried to forcefully have sexual intercourse with him but he later freed her after she vowed to let the act happen if he would assist her to change her academic programme from Full-Time to Part-Time.
The female student narrated the incident as follows;
“Today is literally the worst day of my life. I had a problem in school with a lecturer that molested me, dragged up my dress and even
put his filthy tongue on my vagina while holding me down real tight to the wall, trying to get his way around. A day before this had happened, rumors had it that he was very ill and a number of students had gone to visit him and wish him a safe recovery.
“On the day of this event, I was in school very early, it was about 7:20am. I had classes
for 8am and this same lecturer that assaulted me was the one teaching the course. We bumped into each other at the entrance of the
corridor leading to my class then he said, he has not been seeing me and then asked me to come with him to the office.
“I walked right behind him till we got to the office. I sat opposite him while we had several discussions. When I was about to leave he ran so quick and blocked the door. Keep in mind that it was 7:20am in the morning and not so
many people were in school.
“I was extremely earth. He started trying to kiss me but I didn’t give him the chance. He tried a lot of time and then held my neck so tight that was almost out of breath.
“Afraid and confused. I didn’t know what next to do. He took a grip of one of my arms held me so tight to the wall, dropped to his knees
and tried to take up my dress. After so much struggling: he succeeded and somehow he was able to move my panties to the side. That was how he was able to lick me
down down. I was so irritated I gathered strength and pushed him but still he didn’t stop. At that moment knew I Had to or say
“Then I said to him, Mr Tene stop!
But that’s what I’ve been screaming the whole time and he didn’t listen but this time to my surprise heactually did. Then I said to him, let’s make a deal, if you let me go now and you promise to help me out with what we’ve discussed(about switching to part-time as I had just gotten a job offer that will literally take all my time, weekdays), I’l do.
“Yes that’s what I said. I had to make him stop. Obviously pushing and hitting him didn’t make him stop. Something had to work. That statement made had saved me. He stopped and stood up. Looked at me and let me go.
“I went out of his office, so devastated, run upstairs to check it anyone was around that
I could talk to. No lecturers, just Martins, a student like me. I was shaking. Days later was called to the panel, explained my
experience with Tene and I was dismissed. I didn’t know what happened after then till I was told by the same people in the panel. We waited so long, hoping something will happen. But nothing. I’m so disgusted, he left me traumatized.
“He denied all this today right infront of the panel and even had the guts to lie about so
many other things. What can be done to stop all this? I don’t know how I feel or what I feel. I just want him to be put in his rightful place that perv.”
The lecturer identified as Tene John denied the allegation levelled against him by the student.
Reacting to the incident, the Registrar of the institution confirmed that the lecturer has been sacked after being subjected to a probe.
This was contained in a statement released on Monday, January 20 by the Registrar of the institution.
“Our attention has been drawn to a post on the social media, by one of our students, Ms Anjola Ogunyemi in National Diploma One, alleging sexual harassment against one of our part-time lecturers, Mr Tene John.
“Ms Ogunyemi’s petition to the school on the alleged sexual harassment was received on December 19, 2019 – the day of our vacation. And the Provost called her on that same day to acknowledge the receipt of her petition, assuring her that the matter will be looked into appropriately.
“The institution, thereafter, set up a panel of three lecturers: two females and a male. The panel sat and took evidence from the two parties and witnesses concerned. On Friday, January 17, 2020 – the last day of its sitting, the accused and the accuser were made to confront each other at the panel.
“It was difficult for the panel to establish concretely a case of sexual harassment in its report because there were glaring contradictions in the testimonies of the two parties and witnesses.
“We wish to place on record that Ms Ogunyemi walked out on the panel and ran to the social media to tell her story on the day the panel’s final sitting.
“In view of our institution’s zero tolerance for improper conduct on the part of the staff and students, and in light of the interest the matter has generated, the following decisions have been taken: the lecturer concerned, Mr Tene, who has been on our faculty for over a decade has been relieved of his appointment, we thank him for his services and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours.
“Ms Ogunyemi, who has just returned from a one-year suspension over indecent dressing and gross misconduct is advised to adhere strictly to her matriculation oath of channeling her grievances to the authorities of the institution.
“We wish to reiterate that our staff and students are governed by rules and regulations and it is important we comply accordingly.”