The female student at the centre of the sex-for-mark scandal rocking the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Monica Osagie has cried out.
Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, Founder, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre, speaking for her said… “Before the matter went viral, the university was aware of it and they did not do anything. If the case did not go viral, the university probably would have not done anything and it would have been swept under the carpet.”
“I think that we should focus more on whether the act of that professor amounts to sexual harassment, whether it was a breach of the school’s code of conduct, whether it was a breach of terms of contract for lecturers or whether he abused the relationship that should exist between lecturers and students.”
“The university should be responsible and responsive in addressing issues of sexual harassment because Miss Osagie is ready to come out whenever the university extends a proper invitation to her. It appears the school wants to protect its reputation at the expense of the young lady”
“Let the university do what they are supposed to do by giving her proper invitation. They have all her records because she is their student. The panel has never invited her, so when the panel invites her today, she would come.”
“Though Miss Osagie made the recording to serve as evidence against her lecturer, she didn’t release the audio. She got the evidence and it was given to one or two people when she was seeking for help. So definitely one of them released the audio, and she cannot be blamed for it.”
“We are not comfortable with the university saying they invited her when they didn’t invite her. Her name is already out, the whole world is aware so we cannot say because of security and safety, we won’t allow the truth to prevail.”
“Monica hasn’t done anything wrong and is unapologetic about what she did. I think society should focus on what really happened, and whether such should happen in higher institutions of learning and not about what she did”