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Sex-for-marks: While OAU management remains silent, Lecturer’s church members speak

The male voice in the leaked sex-for-mark audio which has got Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife ensnared in public attention since Monday was that Richard Akindele of the school’s faculty administration, the lecturer’s church members have said, barely 48 hours without an official response from the school.

Several members and a reverend of the Anglican Diocese of Ife, Osun State told CAMPUS REPORTER Tuesday they had listened to the audio and could confirm it was Mr Akindele was the one demanding sex to pass a female student in the recording.

Mr Akindele, a professor of management and accounting, is also reverend in that Church and the shocked members said: “he is gentle for such act (sex-for-mark practice).”

Before the Church members spoke, several students and staff of Mr Akindele’s department had told CAMPUS REPORTER that the male voice was that of the embattled.We also gathered that the lady is a final year student, who failed a course taught by Mr Akindele. Repeated efforts to get the lecturer’s reaction have not been successful since Monday. He was not available the different times our correspondent went to his office.

But our correspondent went to his church on Tuesday.

Diocese of Ife

One of the members who asked not to be named said: “There is no need for any computer to test the voice. The voice in the leaked audio is exactly that of Reverend Richard Akindele. However, the man is too gentle for such act. The lady purposely set him up.”

Through an interview with another member, also seeking anonymity, we gathered that co-worshippers visited Mr Akindele’s residence Tuesday morning but met only his wife, who reportedly blamed the devil for her pastor husband’s trouble.

The source, a woman, said: “When we heard the news, some of us were surprised. We were at his house very early this morning but only met his wife who said the devil is at work to soil the name of her husband.”

A minister in the Church who simply identified himself as Reverend Adeola said: “Although, the voice I heard is that of Reverend Akindele I doubt he can do that. I’m not in best position to speak. But what I can say for free is that I know him to be a man of God, generous and easy going.”

Public expressions of concerns and expectations OAU respond with a statement of actions measures continue to grow.

A press conference earlier slated to hold today was cancelled by the school on Tuesday. We learnt the Vice-Chancellor, Eyitope Ogunbodede, called the spokesperson for the school, Abiodun Olanrewaju, to cancel the conference and, instead, inform the Press the management would release a statement before the end of yesterday, Tuesday.

Mr Olanrewaju indeed told our correspondent the school’s response would be released “before the end of today (Tuesday).” But as at Wednesday morning, the school is yet to release any statement.

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