News made headlines some few days back that an OAU professor of Management and Accounting, Richard Akindele allegedly made a sex for marks request to one of his female students.
And since then there have been calls for the prosecution of the lecturer, but emerging information on the committee set up by the school is giving indication that the affected OAU lecturer may go free.
According to Saturday Telegraph, a top management official at the university, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said apart from the damage the social media account may do to Professor Richard Akindele‘s image, no one has come forward to lodge an official complain.
The source, who confirmed that the Obafemi Awolowo university had on Wednesday set up a committee to look into the matter and give its report in one week, said only four top officials of the institution know the membership composition of the committee to avoid unnecessary influence.
Meanwhile, further investigations have revealed that as at Friday night, just about four days to the expiration of the one-week tenure of the committee, the female student, whose voice was heard in the recording that has gone viral on social media, has refused to either meet or forward any relevant document or information to the committee members for prosecution.
The source said:
“I can confirm to you that information at our disposal even shows that the said lecturer had helped some female students under similar circumstances but where is the evidence? The lady is yet to come out and like we have experienced in the past, I can say authoritatively that she would not come in the open.
“Even when some people are suggesting that we could trace the call logs of telephone numbers for confirmation, the argument is that even if we do, except the victim comes out, we can’t fight her case for her. You can only forcefully take a horse to the stream, you cannot force the same horse to drink water.
“So the import of my message is that all that we are witnessing by the cries in the social media is just a social trial but the legal trial is different from all these. If you go to court without concrete evidence, the matter may be thrown out and the accused may even win claims against the institution or whoever goes to court.
So we need to appeal to the victim to come in the open first.” The source said.