The governing council of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) has announced the sack of Prof. Richard Akindele who was involved in sex-for-marks scandal, with one of his students, Miss Monica Osagie.
The vice chancellor of the university, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, told newsmen after a meeting on Wednesday that the council, after its findings, concluded that Akindele had an inappropriate relationship with one of his students, Osagie, a claim to which he admitted.
Council also discovered that the don had offered to change Osagie’s 33 per cent result to a pass mark, in consideration for sexual favours.
According to the vice chancellor, this was established in an audio recording (that went viral in April) which the accused also admitted to.
He said from evidence, Osagie had no idea that she scored 45 per cent pass mark as claimed by the erring professor, although the student later found out she did not fail the course.
The vice chancellor noted that the council, from all findings, found out that Akindele operated in a position of power and authority over the student and as such sexually harassed her.
He added that the accused was found to be liable for all allegations of misconduct levelled against him with all the evidence at the council’s disposal, hence his dismissal from the services of the university to serve as a deterrent to others.
The vice chancellor further said the university had taken further steps to ensure total elimination of sexual harassment in the OAU community stressing that the school “has a legal duty to prevent sexual and gender-based harassment within the school and to ensure that both men and women are protected from the menace.”
He said the institution had put in place a strategic implementation framework for sexual harassment to ensure effective and rapid redress mechanisms to incidents of sexual harassment.