A widow and mother of a female student of the Rivers State College of Health Science, Port Harcourt, Mrs Lemon Gbara, has called on the state police command to arrest a lecturer of the institution over the rape and sexual harassment of her daughter.
Gbara, in a petition filed to the human rights desk of the command, alleged that her daughter (name withheld), a first year student of the institution, was constantly harassed and raped by the lecturer who is in the Department of Dental Surgery.
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She explained that on April 16, 2021, her daughter came went to school early and was confronted by the lecturer who appealed to her to assist him bring out a generator set from a store close to his office.
Gbara further said soon after her daughter entered the store, the lecturer dragged her into his office locked the door and forcefully had sex with her and that her daughter’s shouts for help did not yield any result as nobody was around to rescue her.
Mrs Gbara further alleged that the lecturer thereafter threatened her daughter that if she told anybody or refused to comply any time he needed her he would make sure she did not graduate from the institution.
She also called on the Rivers State Government to wade into the matter and ensure that the lecturer was brought to book.
In the meantime, a lawyer with the Centre for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign (BRPAC), IK Alexander, has called on the provost of the college to cooperate with the police in the state and ensure that the suspect submitted himself to the police for investigation.
Effort made to speak with the lecturer proved abortive as he refused to pick calls when our reporter called his telephone number.
Our reporter learnt that the human rights desk of the state police command has written to the suspect to turn himself in for investigation.