The sexual harassment and abuse of female and male students in Nigerian Higher Institution of learning by lecturers or officials, is now to attract five year jail term.
A bill providing a legal backing to the penalty which was sponsored by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, was passed by the senate on Thursday.
The bill prescribes an option of N5million fine for Lecturers or Administrators convicted of sexual harassment, or both the fine and five year jail term.
“When passed into law, it makes it a criminal offence for any educator in a university, polytechnic or any other tertiary educational institution to violate or exploit the student-lecturer fiduciary relationship for sexual pleasures.
“The bill imposes stiff penalties on offenders in its overall objective of providing tighter statutory protection for students against sexual hostility and all forms of sexual harassment in tertiary schools.
The bill also provided for the expulsion and suspension of students who leveled false allegation of sexual abuse or harassment, and the non-admissibility of plea by lecturers or administrators that female students consented to the alleged sexual harassment/abuse.