Tertiary institutions in Nigeria have been bedevilled with obscene report of lecturers sexually abusing the students, indecent dressing by students, secret cult activities and drug abuse to mention a few.
The most common report is the sexual relationship between female students of higher learning and lecturers.
Recently, the news of Dr Chigozie Jude Odum, a Senior lecturer in Department of Archeology and Tourism, University of Nigeria, Nsukka surfaced on Nigeria social media sphere who was suspended after being arrested over allegations of impregnating one of his students Onah Chinyere after coercing her into sexual intercourse and threaten her life.
According to UNN’s Public Relations Officer, Dr Okun Omeaku, further sanctions may be made against the lecturer after investigations.
On allegations that the said lecturer had impregnated three other students before now, he stated that “if they come up and say so, we will deal with it. But at the moment, we are battling with the case at hand.
Looking at his profile, Chigozie Jude Odum was a senior Lecturer in Department of Archaeology and Tourism, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Chigozie Jude Odum's research interest includes the following: Tourism, Geographic Information System, Conservation, Ethnographic, Ecotourism, and Sustainable Development etc.
According to report, he have carried many academic research and before his arrest, he is on his doctorate research.
As at the time of filing the update, the identity of the other three female students were hidden from media.
We gathered that following a petition from the family lawyer of the female student, men of the Crack Squad, Enugu State Police Command picked the lecturer up in Nsukka from where he was moved to Enugu.
According to the petition, “It is our client’s instruction that she has been a student in the Archeology and Tourism Department, Faculty of Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
“According to her instructions, Dr. Odum Chigozie Jude is one of the lecturers in the said department.
“Our brief further showed that the said Dr. Odum Jude went and approached our client and demanded to be sleeping with her and threatened our client that if she refuses, she will never graduate from the said department.
“He further threatened her that he was a cultist while in school and that up till today he still has a good number of them under his payroll. He, therefore, warned our client to comply with his demands and requests in her own interest.
“Our information further showed that he called our client to his house and forcefully had sexual intercourse with her,” the petition signed by Barr. F. C. Ugwuama read.
Sexual harassment is complex, not always unidirectional, played down by all concerned, unreported and considered a serious moral and social problem in tertiary institutions.