In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 24th, September, 2020

Inside Particulars Of Why Ibadan Polytechnic Lecturer Was Sacked

Inside Details Of Why Ibadan Polytechnic Lecturer Was Sacked

Kelani Ajadi

Kelani Ajadi

Recent info have emerged on why the administration of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State, on Friday, September 11, terminated the appointment of a chief lecturer and former chairperson of the establishment’s chapter of the Educational Workers Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Kelani Ajadi.

Previous to his sack, Mr. Ajadi had been positioned on an indefinite suspension since 2019 which lasted 17 months. Whereas on suspension, the lecturer was paid half of his wage.

Investigations by PREMIUM TIMES revealed that Mr. Ajadi, a lecturer on the division of city and regional planning, college of environmental research, reportedly sexually harassed 31-year-old Modinat Balogun. Ms Balogun was popularly generally known as Nifemi on the campus.

In some recorded phone conversations, which went viral in 2019, and which had been obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, the lecturer had engaged in altercations with a girl over the sexual harassment allegation.

The girl, generally known as Mrs Bello, and later discovered to be the feminine pupil’s aunt, had threatened on the cellphone to reveal the lecturer.

“My daughter mentioned you have got been sleeping along with her, but you failed her twice. I’ve nearly killed her, and I’m coming to the varsity on Monday to let the entire world know the kind of lecturer you’re…”
Mrs Bello threatened within the clip.

In the meantime, in one other recording, the identical lecturer’s voice is heard confiding what transpired between him and the feminine pupil in a girl who was later recognized as Ms Bunmi. The latter is claimed to be a policewoman reportedly connected to the particular investigation bureau situated throughout the police headquarters, Eleyele, in Ibadan.

Within the audio recording, the lecturer confided within the policewoman that the feminine pupil was her girlfriend however accused her of transferring N100,000 from his account. He sought the help of the officer in getting her arrested.

Mr. Ajadi, who didn’t deny the contents of the audio recordings, instructed our reporter that his cellphone was stolen in 2018, and that the contents shared through social media may need been doctored.

In line with the polytechnic’s spokesperson, Adewole Soladoye, the embarrassment the event precipitated the establishment had knowledgeable the administration’s choice to arrange each an investigative panel and a disciplinary committee to look into the matter.

“This matter had been on for over a 12 months. It took this lengthy in order that the reality could possibly be unraveled, and on the finish of the day, the lecturer was discovered responsible,” Mr Soladoye instructed this newspaper on the cellphone.

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In the meantime, a press release issued by the polytechnic’s registrar, Modupe Fawale, a duplicate of which PREMIUM TIMES obtained, famous letter asserting the lecturer’s sack was dated September 15.

In line with the registrar, the letter of termination of appointment, which was addressed to Mr Ajadi, had learn partially; “You’ll recall that you just had been engaged in inappropriate behaviour and a poorly managed relationship together with your former pupil. These resulted in embarrassing and tarnishing the picture of your employer, The Polytechnic, Ibadan (TPI).

“Additionally, you will recall your responses and appearances earlier than the investigation panel and senior workers disciplinary committee that seemed into the above issues. After a cautious consideration of the problems above, the governing council discovered you responsible as your actions quantity to misconduct.

“The governing council, due to this fact, permitted the termination of your appointment with impact from Friday, September 11, 2020.”

However Mr Ajadi has denied the allegation and vowed to problem the choice in court docket. He instructed this newspaper on the cellphone that he had already briefed his lawyer.

How it began

In line with the coed, her hassle began as quickly as Mr Ajadi was appointed her mission supervisor within the 2015/2016 educational session. She mentioned even after consenting to his alleged “persistent sexual demand,” the lecturer allegedly continued to frustrate her, “in order that our amorous relationship might proceed endless.”

Having failed to finish her mission for about two classes, Ms Balogun disclosed that the lecturer,once more, in 2018 agreed to let her go, “so long as I cooperated.”

She mentioned; “So, at some point he helped me to print my questionnaire and mentioned I ought to carry them to his quarters within the night time. However on that day, I went to the hospital for a toothache that was disturbing me and I instructed him I’d not have the ability to make it on that day, however my lecturer begged me and insisted I ought to come.

“Actually, that night time, he got here to choose me on the faculty gate. However the ache endured and I begged him to simply examine my work and may permit me to sleep. However in the course of the night time he insisted he should sleep with me.”

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Ms Balogun disclosed that at a stage he pushed Mr. Kelani to the wall forcefully and she or he had thought the person had handed out. “However as quickly as he recovered, he continued to disturb me, begging me to permit him sleep with me.”

She mentioned she was shocked on the nonchalant perspective proven by the lecturer regarding her toothache and demanded that he ought to give her N100,000.

“I wished to make use of the cash to scare him, however surprisingly he agreed to pay. So I gave him my account however as a result of I used to be utilizing a pupil account, I couldn’t obtain as much as N100,000,”
she mentioned.

As a means out, the coed mentioned she insisted the cash ought to be despatched to her cousin, Oluwatosin Ayanmo’s Warranty Belief Checking account. “He mentioned he had despatched it however I mentioned there was no means I might verify from the account proprietor that night time, and that nothing would occur between us till morning when it’s confirmed.”

She mentioned when the lecturer insisted, she ran out of the room and moved to the sitting room and locked the door in opposition to the lecturer.

“I slept on the sofa within the sitting room that night time, however by early within the morning when he was going to the mosque, Mr. Ajadi compelled the door open and mentioned I ought to verify with the proprietor of the account earlier than he got here again. So he locked the door in opposition to me and left for the mosque,”
she mentioned.

She mentioned she shortly took the backdoor to flee. “I shortly ran dwelling in Lagos, and narrated the entire expertise. And that was what precipitated the phone dialog between my “mum” and Mr Ajadi.”

The police connection

The scholar mentioned the lecturer lodged a grievance at a police station and the financial institution was knowledgeable of the transaction, resulting in “Pay no debit (PND)” order positioned on the account.

She mentioned the account proprietor couldn’t withdraw beneath N100,000 from the account. “However as a result of we aren’t within the cash, we weren’t bothered.”

Nevertheless, on April 27, 2019, Ms Balogun was arrested in Ibadan allegedly by officers from the particular unit at Eleyele, the place she mentioned she was remanded until Could 2, 2019, when she was charged to court docket.

“Actually, with a single underwear, I had my menstruation for greater than two days whereas I used to be of their custody. I insisted I didn’t steal his cash and narrated the entire story, however no pity till a Good Samaritan lawyer appeared for me,”
she mentioned.

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In line with Ms Balogun’s lawyer -Ola Adeosun, an Ibadan-based human rights activist, his consumer was charged earlier than Justice of the Peace Giwa Babalola of Magistrates Courtroom 5, Iyaganku.

The lawyer mentioned; “We instantly filed a no case submission within the court docket as a result of we believed no prima facie case had been established in opposition to the coed.”

He mentioned although the court docket overruled his submission and suggested his consumer to open defence, the ruling has been appealed at a excessive court docket within the metropolis.

Mr Adeosun mentioned the court docket sat final on February 12, however because the coronavirus outbreak, he mentioned no date has been fastened for the matter.

Administration victimising me -Lecturer

In his response to the sack, Mr. Ajadi mentioned that he’s being victimised by the establishment’s administration over his place as a union chief.

In a phone interview with our reporter, Mr. Ajadi mentioned that he has paperwork to again his declare however insisted he couldn’t transmit them to the newspaper electronically.

He mentioned; “I can not inform you that the recordings being circulated are totally mine. The reason being as a result of I misplaced my cellphone in 2018 and I reported at a police station. So by 2019 I used to be shocked to see the recordings being performed round. So, who mentioned they haven’t doctored it?”

He mentioned that his lawyer is already getting ready to file the matter in court docket, saying he’ll battle the choice to a logical conclusion.

However the polytechnic’s public relations officer, Mr. Soladoye, mentioned the establishment took the step to avoid wasting its picture and guarantee anybody harassed or molested “whether or not college students or workers or any of the members of the group” of ample safety.



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