OAU sexual bargain scandal – Dismissed OAU professor finally opens up

OAU professor dismissed after being found guilty of sexually harassing a female student finally reacted – He gave reasons why he demanded five rounds of sex from the student and provided Whatsapp chats and nude pictures the student sent to him – However, the university’s VC said the pieces of evidence provided by the professor were not enough to exonerate him Richard Akindele, a professor of Management Accounting at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, recently dismissed after being found guilty of sexual harassment of a postgraduate student of the institution, Monica Osagie, has finally opened up on the events that culminated in his dismissal by the institution. In his reply to a query issued to him by the university, Akindele explained that the five rounds of sex demanded from Monica, as revealed by the leaked audio conversation between them, was a deliberate attempt to discourage the student and at the same time invite her to his office to obtain evidence, New Telegraph reports. The dismissed professor said the demand for five days of sex was a deliberate attempt to play along with the student. However, the university did not buy his argument and dismissed the professor. The reply was exclusively obtained and published by New Telegraph. A recap of the scandal The institution was enmeshed in a scandal in April after a leaked phone recording exposed Professor Akindele seeking sex from Ms Osagie to pass her in an examination. In the audio, the professor requested five rounds of sex from Ms Osagie, then a master’s student of the institution. The university initially suspended Akindele indefinitely , following an interim report of its investigation. However, after a full-fledged investigation, he was permanently dismissed in June. The vice-chancellor, Eyitope Ogunbodede, said the conclusion was reached after the investigative panel found Akindele guilty of an inappropriate relationship with the student, a claim to which he admitted. He said the dismissal of Akindele will serve as a deterrent to others as “the university[…]

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