The Imo State University (IMSU) Owerri has suspended one of its lecturers, Desmond Izunwanne, for allegedly slapping his female students who arrived a class session behind schedule in non departmental uniform.
The slapping led to a protest in the school premises by civil society organisations and female students yesterday, reports The Nation.
Addressing the issue today, the spokesperson for the University, Ralph Njokuobi, in a statement in Owerri, said the lecturer’s action was “barbaric and unbecoming.”
Njokuobi said that at a management meeting, the university approved the immediate suspension of the lecturer till further notice.
The university’s spokesperson also announced that a three man Disciplinary committee was immediately constituted to “unravel the immediate and remote causes that led to his uncouth behaviour.”
The statement reads: “It has come to the notice of the Management of Imo State University the viral video.
“CIrculating around the globe about the indecorous actions of a Lecturer of the university Dr. Desmond lzunwanne of the Physiology Department, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences of Imo State University. Owerri against four students of the University.
“Management viewed the action of the Lecturer as barbaric and unbecoming of such a person occupying that position.
“At the end of the Management Meeting held on Tuesday May 2, 2023, Management approved the suspension of the lecturer Dr. Desmond lzunwanne till further notice and has set up a three man Disciplinary Committee to unravel the immediate and remote causes that led to his uncouth behaviour.
“The general public and indeed all Human Rights Organizations are hereby implored to allow the University conduct a proper investigation and recommend appropriate sanctions where necessary in line with the staff conditions of service.
“Management will not accept any breach in the academic and moral standards expected of any lecturer irrespective of how highly he is placed in the University and sincerely believe in rules of engagement between lecturers and students.”