(By: Wunmi Semudara)
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission has declared a suspended lecturer at the Tai Solarin University of Education, in Ogun State, Dr. Olaniran Balogun wanted.
The Deputy Registrar, Media and Corporate Relations, Gbenga Omilola, disclosed this on Sunday.
According to him, Balogun was suspended by the management for allegedly harassing female students.
“Balogun was the Head of the Department of Religious Studies at TASUED, He is declared wanted for abusing his office and demanding gratification.” He explained.
The deputy Registrar said the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Oluwole Banjo, has approved the appointment of Dr Kayode Olusanya, as the new Head, Department of Religious Studies, to replace Balogun.
Gbenga said, “Dr Balogun is currently under investigation for the alleged misdemeanor and has since been relieved of his position as the Head of Department, Religious Studies.
“He has also been placed on interdiction until he clears himself of the various allegations levelled against him by the ICPC.
“The university management would continue to do all within its powers to protect the good name and image the university has built for itself over the years.
“The university would therefore not condone any act of indiscipline and corrupt practice by any of its staff member. Dr Balogun is further advised to immediately honour the invitation of the ICPC to clear himself of the allegations against him.
Earlier, the ICPC had issued a warrant of arrest on the wanted lecturer.
According to a statement posted on its portal, the ICPC said Balogun has been declared wanted in connection with a suspected case of demand for gratification and abuse of office.
The statement read partly, “He has refused to honour several invitations extended to him through the authorities of Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.
“Accordingly, a warrant of arrest has been issued for his immediate arrest. He is advised to report himself to any of the ICPC state offices in either Lagos, Ibadan or the nearest police station.”