OAU Sex-For-Marks Scandal Worsens As Victim Fingers More Lecturers

SAN FRANCISCO, April 24, (THEWILL)- Monica Osagie, the victim in the sex-for-marks scandal at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has fingered more lecturers in the scandal who she claimed were aware of the incident.
THEWILL recalls that Miss Osagie, a student in the Masters of Business Administration programme, released a recorded telephone conversation, which went viral.
In the conversation, a lecturer, identified as Professor Richard Akindele, demanded five rounds of sex to enhance her marks.
Appearing before an investigative panel set up by the school to probe the incident, Osagie, in company of her counsel, Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, stated that the disgraced professor deliberately failed her because she refused his sexual demand.
She said she did not score 33 per cent as the lecturer claimed, but was failed so that she could bow to his sexual demand.
The committee, which held its session at the Pro -Chancellor’s Lodge on the campus, allowed only Miss Osagie and her counsel into the venue.
Journalists, students and some members of the National Human Rights Commission who came to witness the sitting were not allowed into the venue by security personnel of the institution who blocked the entrance.
Mrs Akiyode-Afolabi, who spoke with newsmen after the closed door session which lasted more than seven hours, said Miss Osagie told the panel that she passed the course but was later failed by the don because of her refusal to sleep with him.
She said Miss Osagie narrated in details what transpired between her and the don, adding that lawyers present at the meeting were not allowed to make any contribution.
Mrs Akiyode-Afolabi, who is the Executive Director for Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre, Abuja, said Miss Osagie also informed the panel that she recorded the conversation between her and the professor as an evidence.
She said Miss Osagie also informed the panel that she reported the sexual harassment by the don to some lecturers in the university, adding that no action was taken by them.
Mrs Akiyode-Afolabi said some lawyers who represented the lecturers to whom Miss Osagie claimed she reported the case, also appeared before the panel.
She said that Miss Osagie also told the panel that she did not score 33 per cent as alleged but was failed so that she could bow to the sexual demands of the don.
Mrs Akiyode-Afolabi said she was optimistic that the outcome of the investigative panel would serve as a lesson to other lecturers who also engage in such act.
She, however, urged the panel to ensure that justice prevailed on the issue so as to maintain the integrity of the institution.

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