I no longer feel safe at NIJ - says assaulted student

A student of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Ogba, Lagos, Anjola Ogunyemi, has said she is not returning to the school after being allegedly sexually assaulted by one of her lecturers, Tene John, as she no longer feels safe.

Ogunyemi said she feared that she would be victimised by other lecturers of the school for allegedly causing John to lose his job.

Punch learnt that Ogunyemi was allegedly assaulted by John on December 13, 2019, in his office.

It was gathered that the victim petitioned the school management to demand an investigation into the incident.

Our correspondent learnt that upon the receipt of the petition, the management of the NIJ set up a panel to probe the allegation.

The school, in a statement by its Registrar, Dotun Adeniji, on Monday, announced John’s dismissal after the conclusion of the investigation.

The statement read in part, “Our attention has been drawn to a post on the social media by one of our students, Ms Anjola Ogunyemi, a National Diploma 1 student, alleging sexual harassment by one of our part-time lecturers, Mr Tene John.

The 22-year-old victim, who spoke with our correspondent on Tuesday, stated that going back to the school would be like walking into a trap.

Ogunyemi urged other students of the school, who had experienced sexual assault from lecturers, to speak up for the sake of their mental health, adding that she almost lost her mind when the incident happened. Punch

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