OAU Lecturer
Prof. Richard Akindele. Source: Facebook.

The Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Eyitope Ogunbodede has said that the lecturer involved in the sex extortion scandal would be dealt with if found guilty.

Ogunbodede disclosed this in a statement while stating that the school has set up a committee to investigate the sex scandal case between Professor Richard Akindele and an unnamed student whom he offered sex for an upgrade of exam scores.

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The VC said that the investigative committee have been given a one-week ultimatum to investigate the allegation.

Concise News gathered from The Cable that the OAU VC said the school has zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Ogunbodede stressed in the statement that if the student or staff is found guilty, they would face various disciplinary measures.

Read the full statement below:

“The attention of the authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has been drawn to an audio recording, now trending on the social media, of a telephone conversation ostensibly between one Professor Akindele and a female student of the university,” the statement read.

The recording suggests that the lecturer was demanding sex in return for 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, the Code of Conduct for the University Community and the Anti-sexual Harassment policy, in full compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations and procedures of the University.

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.

I wish to assure the general public that Obafemi Awolowo University has zero tolerance for sexual harassment. The University considers sexual harassment as a serious offence contrary to its Code of Conduct for the University community and against the Anti-sexual harassment policy of the university. It is totally and morally reprehensible, and the university will never condone such act by any staff or student.

Once again, I wish to reiterate that no one found culpable of this serious misconduct of sexual harassment will go unpunished.