A major sex scandal has erupted at the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, and the Director-General of the agency, Mallam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, is squarely in the eye of the storm. Mallam Kawu has been accused, in petitions to the Federal Government, of sexual harassment, intimidation and victimisation by at least four different female staff of the Corporation, including two married ones.
According to the petitioners, Kauo indecently assaulted them and even attempted to rape them in his office at four different occasions.
One of the petitioners whose husband has sworn to an affidavit, alleged that his wife has repeatedly told him of invitations extended to her by Mallam Kawu, along with amorous moves made severally.
Furthermore, the woman’s husband said his wife was repeatedly invited to an Abuja hotel by Mallam Kawu. Copies of the petition were sent to the Presidency, National Council of Women’s Societies, as well as the Ministry of Information which supervises NBC and the Inspector-General of Police.
The affidavit which was dated Thursday 17th May 2018 was sighted by this online publication.
According to the affidavit, this is not the first instance Mallam Kawu has faced similar allegation. The petitioner alleged that Mallam Kawu is a “chronic sex maniac” who has always assaulted the virtues of female employees in establishments he has headed. A case in point, it was pointed out, was when he was the Editor of the Daily Trust and the newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief had to rescue Kawo from his (Kawu’s) own wife when she caught Kawo having sex with the company’s receptionist in his office. The Daily Trust office was at Wuse Zone Six then. Both Kawu and the receptionist were smuggled into, and hidden at, the Boys’ Quarter of the office building that day until normalcy returned.
Mallam Kawu was subsequently removed from his post and ceased being the Editor of the newspaper because of that scandal.
Mallam Kawu a newspaper columnist who has always advocated high moral standards for public officials and stringent punishment, including naming and shaming, for those who fail to leave up to those high standards, was appointed NBC Director-General in June of 2016 by President Mohammadu Buhari. Reacting to the appointment, Kawu said “I will miss the weekly effort to analyze the human condition as a journalist, because it grew to become one of my greatest passions”. Now, he will be the one to be analysed by other journalists – in the face of this sex scandal.