The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission has concluded arrangement to prosecute two lecturers allegedly involved in rape cases.
The Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Calabar, Prof. Cyril Ndifon, was accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old Law student in the institution, while a lecturer at the University of Lagos, Dr. Akin Baruwa, allegedly raped a young lady seeking admission to University.
The Chairman of the ICPC, Mr. Ekpo Nta, stated this in Abuja, at a colloquiem entitled “Accountability and Integrity as pillars of National Development.”
The event was in honour of a legal practitioner, Mr. Adegboyega Awolowo (SAN).
At the event, the Chairman, National Human Rights Commission, Prof. Anselm Odinkalu, urged President Muhammadu Buhari, “to go beyond just his body language to provide responsible leadership in governance.”
According to the ICPC boss, the two lecturers will be tried on charges of alleged abuse of office.
“The ICPC is getting involved in the cases on the basis of abuse of office, because they would not have had access to those (girls), if not for their positions,” Nta stated.
Meanwhile, the ICPC boss said the commission had not made any “deliberate recovery of assets between 2000 and 2010.”
“When I got into office, I found out that from 2000 to 2010, we had not done any deliberate recovery of assets.
“A total of 26 illegal degree-awarding institutions, have been shut by the ICPC, in its determined effort to sanitise the nation’s tertiary education system.”
Odinkalu berated the Federal Government’s anti-corruption crusade methodology, saying the way the accused were being treated fell short of constitutional requirements.
He specifically asked the government to accord dignity to suspected treasury looters, because they were still mere suspects.