A senior lecturer in the Department of English and Literature, Faculty of Arts, University of Benin has been accused of raping a 400l female student in his office.
The student was said to have gone to the lecturer’s office to submit her final year project when she was allegedly raped and locked in the office for several hours.
It was gathered that the incident took place on the 5th of October, 2021, and was later publicized in a video purportedly recorded when the lecturer was begging for forgiveness.
A source who is also the course mate of the female student disclosed that the video and the news of the alleged rape was initially shared on the class WhatsApp platform.
“The news of the incident was first reported on our class WhatsApp group. A video was posted which showed the lecturer pleading for forgiveness and regretting his action.
“The lady was able to contact an unnamed friend, who with UNIBEN’s security operatives, rescued her. The lecturer was arrested by UNIBEN’s security officials, taken to the university’s administrative block and questioned,” the source said.
Dr Benedicta Ehanire, UNIBEN spokesperson, was contacted for the university’s official reaction, but she had not responded at press time.