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OAU Sacks Professor Who Demanded Sex From Female Student

Information at our disposal has it that Prof. Richard Akindele who was enmeshed in a sex-for-marks scandal with female student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Miss Monica Osagie has eventually been sacked by the Governing Council of the prestigious institution.

Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, Vice Chancellor of O.A.U had on Wednesday June 20th, 2018 announced that; “The University Senate at its meeting on June 14 considered the committee’s findings that Akindele had inappropriate relationship with his student. This was established through their conversation in the audio recording, his reply to the query, the oral evidence and the printed ‘WhatsApp conversations’ tendered before the committee.”

“Akindele has acted in a manner that compromised his position as a teacher and examiner, in that his conversations with Monica Osagie were about examination scores and inducement of favour for the alteration of examination scores.”

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“He offered to change Miss Osagie’s purported “33%” result to a pass mark in consideration for sexual favours; this was established in the audio recording which he admitted. His claim that Miss Osagie knew that she had passed with a score of ‘45’ but was seeking to score an ‘A’ and that this led to him being sexually harassed by Miss Osagie cannot be supported by any evidence.”

“Professor Akindele’s actions in requesting sexual favours from Miss Osagie to change her examination scores was scandalous behaviour that has brought ridicule to the name of the university and has tarnished the reputation of the university, as it portrays the university as an institution where its teachers and examiners trade marks for sexual favours.”

“From the evidence, Miss Osagie had no idea that she scored ‘45’, a pass mark as later claimed by Professor Akindele, although she later found out she did not fail the course.”

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“Professor Akindele’s claim that he reported Miss Osagie’s ‘harassment’ to his colleagues cannot be supported by any evidence, as all his colleagues denied it and one mentioned that she only talked about the matter with him after the audio recording was released over the internet.”

“Professor Akindele operated in a position of power and authority over Miss Osagie and as such, sexually harassed her. Professor Akindele was liable for all the allegations of misconduct levelled against him.”

“The Council, at its meeting of today, Wednesday, 20th of June, 2018, having considered the recommendation of Senate, as well as the report of the Joint Committee of Council and Senate, decided that Professor Richard I. Akindele should be dismissed from the services of the university for gross misconduct.”

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“The university has also taken further steps to ensure the total elimination of Sexual Harassment (SH) in the OAU community. The university has a legal duty to prevent sexual and gender-based harassment within the institution and ensure that both men and women are protected from this menace; and thereby provide conducive environment for teaching and learning.”

“OAU has zero tolerance for sexual harassment and as a renowned university, will do everything humanly possible to maintain the rules and regulations of the university.”