The Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA) has called on the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, to order the Ekiti State Police Command to prosecute Prof. Adewole Atere of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) for allegedly impregnating a 16-year-old undergraduate student, Precious Azuka, of the same institution.
FIDA appealed and urged the IGP to order the Commissioner of Police, Ekiti Command, Asuquo Amba, to arrest and prosecute Prof. Atere, who was accused of impregnating the victim.
Precious Azuka was allegedly impregnated by Atere, the minor’s Head of Department in 2017 and the report of the panel constituted by the university was said to have found the suspect guilty of the crime and was subsequently asked to resign from the school.
FIDA Chairperson, Oluwaseyi Ojo, while speaking with pressmen in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday, stated that it was a great injustice to Azuka that the person accused of impregnating her even as a minor was not prosecuted.
“It was a great injustice that the university’s management and the police could not get justice for such a minor. They failed in this regard,” she stated.
Ojo appealed to the IGP to order his men to arrest the culprit for prosecution to commence in earnest.
The Public Relations Officer of the university, Geoffrey Bakji, said the university never acted in a manner that could block the prosecution of the alleged culprit, adding that the institution’s management headed by the VC, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, set up a panel that investigated the matter and that the alleged culprit was punished accordingly.