The management of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has issued an official response to the sex-for-mark audio which has made the school an object of public attention since Monday.
The leaked audio contains a conversation between a male and a female, with the former, whose voice is identified as that Richard Akindele of the school’s management and accounting department, demanding sex from the latter, to pass her.
Several OAU’s students and staff and members of the Mr Akindele’s Ife Anglican Church have told CAMPUS REPORTER the male voice in the audio was that of the management and accounting professor (Mr Akindele), who is also a reverend in the Church.
According to the press release, personally signed by the Vice-Chancellor, Eyitope Ogunbodede, and obtained by us Wednesday afternoon, the university is now in the process of investigating the conversation “ostensibly between one Professor Akindele and a female student” and has set up a committee for that purpose.
In clear acknowledgement, the Mr Ogunbodede said the “attention of the authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University 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 recording suggests the lecturer was demanding sex in return for a grade which clearly suggests sexual harassment of the lady.”
He continued: “Since the matter came to our notice, the school has begun the process of the identifying the characters involved in this apparent breach of its regulations, the Code of Conduct for the University Community and 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.
“The University considers sexual harassment as a serious offence punishable contrary to the Code of Conduct for the University Community and the anti-sexual harassment policy of the university. It is totally reprehensible and the University will never condone such act by any staff or students.”
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