…says anyone found culpable’ll not be spared
The Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede has vowed that anyone found culpable in the sex-for-mark scandal rocking the institution will not go unpunished.
OAU came to the fore of attention, albeit, for the wrong reason, when an audio containing a conversation between Richard Akindele, a professor of the school, demanding sex to award mark to a student.
The leaked audio, which was widely circulated, caused stir, after it emerged that the professor wanted to have canal knowledge of an unidentified female students for her to pass a course she had hitherto failed.
Since Monday when the issue became public attention, many Nigerians have expressed their disappointment with the request of the professor, condemning him and demanded to be punished with accordingly.
Reacting to the development on Wednesday, the Vice-Chancellor, who agreed with submissions of Nigerians that the act was wrong, pointed out that the scandal is a breach of regulations of the university’s code of conduct.
Ogunbodede in a statement made available to newsmen, explained that the university had launched the process to ascertain the person involved, assuring that once established, the culprit will not go unpunished.
He said, “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 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 involves 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.”
The VC, however assured Nigerians that Obafemi Awolowo University will still maintain its stand on 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,” he stressed.