Following the audio leak of the alleged sex-for-mark conversation between Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) lecturer, Prof Richard Akindele and a yet-to-be-identified student, the Congress of University Academics has called for an investigation into the scandal.
The Chairman of the Congress Dr Niyi Sumonu has urged the university to investigate the alleged sex-for-mark scandal between the lecturer and the female student.
According to the Congress, if the lecturer involved in the alleged scandal is found guilty, then he is not fit to be in an academic environment.
He said, “If it is established that this is true, the person, who perpetrated that does not belong to the academic environment. We are supposed to mould the lives of the students – males and females.”
Also, the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olanrewaju, has reacted to the viral audio clip saying the university would set up a committee to ascertain the veracity of the telephone conversation.
“We have listened to the audio and we cannot conclude on it now because this is the age of ICT; anything can happen. The university has a way of dealing with such.
“First and foremost, we will set up a committee to determine the veracity or otherwise of the conversation to establish the authenticity of the characters involved. If those involved happen to be our lecturer and student as it is portrayed, the university has a machinery of dealing with such.
“Let me make it clear, OAU has zero tolerance for sexual intimidation, sexual harassment and sexual coercion. So, we will not accept it from staff to students; from the workers; from superiors to subordinates and even from students to students.”