Amnesty International Nigeria has issued a statement calling on the minister of women’s affairs, Uju Kennedy, to refrain from making comments that could potentially be seen as direct interference with the ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual violence involving some lecturers at the University of Calabar.
Amnesty International, a global human rights organisation known for advocating against human rights violations and abuses, expressed concern over Kennedy’s statements about the ongoing investigation at the University of Calabar.
The investigation in question pertains to allegations of sexual violence made against a particular senior teaching staff at the University of Calabar.
The case has garnered significant national and international attention, with calls for a thorough and impartial investigation.
Part of the statement read:
“Amnesty International calls on Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy, to desist from making comments — that may amount to direct interference with the ongoing investigation of allegations of sexual violence against some lecturers of the University Of Calabar.
“The authorities of the University of Calabar must ensure that all allegations of sexual harassment at the Faculty of Law and beyond are investigated thoroughly, promptly, impartially and effectively. Survivors must be provided with adequate safeguards to seek justice.
“The protest by female students on Monday, 14 August 2023, is an opportunity for the authorities of the University of Calabar to ensure justice for victims of the countless allegations of sexual harassment of students by lecturers.”
As the investigation unfolds, it remains a matter of public interest and concern, with human rights organisations like Amnesty International monitoring the situation closely to ensure that justice is served and that the rights and dignity of those involved are upheld.