The management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, through the Public Relations Officer of the university, has reacted the Sex-for-mark scandal involving Prof. Akindele on Wednesday and they reaffirmed the institution’s zero tolerance for sexual harassment of students.
A statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr Abiodun Olarewaju, quoted the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, as saying that sexual harassment remains a serious offence contrary to the anti-sexual harassment policy of the institution.
According to reports; Mr Abiodun Olarewaju said the attention of the institution’s authorities was drawn to an audio recording now trending on the social media of a telephone conversation ostensibly between one Prof. Akindele and a female student of the university.
“The recording suggests that the lecturer was demanding sex in return for a grade which clearly amounts to sexually harassing the lady. Since the matter came to our notice, the university has begun the process of identifying the characters involved in this apparent breach of its regulations.
To this end, the university has set up a high-powered committee to investigate the allegation and submit its report within one week. Anyone found culpable will be dealt with decisively. It is totally and morally reprehensible and the university will never condone such act by any staff or student,” Ogunbodede said.
Also, The wife of OAU lecturer, Professor Richard Akindele the male voice in th7e leaked sex-for-mark audio which emanated from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife on Monday, has denied the allegations against him, saying the devil is out to tarnish her husband’s reputation.
The Congress of University Academics at the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile Ife, Osun State have called for an investigation of the alleged randy lecturer of the institution who was caught on tape requesting for sex from one of his females students in exchange of marks.