Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), sex-for -marks panel was today told that suspended Accountancy Professor, Richard Akindele, purposely failed postgraduate student Monica Osagie for sex.
The disclosure was made today at the resumed sitting of sex-for- mark panel which had earlier listened to Akindele’s side of the story following a viral audio tape in the social media and placed him on indefinite suspension on the strength of circumstantial evidence it said nailed him to the offence.
However at a closed door hearing which held at the Lodge of the University’s Vice Chancellor and lasted for six hours, Monica reportedly opened up to narrate her ordeal in the hands of the randy Lecturer who she said, ” failed me as a punishment for refusing his sexual demand”
Volunteer Female Activist and Executive Director of Women Advocacy and Development Centre (WARDC), Dr. Abiola Afolabi-Akinyode who appeared with Monica at the sitting said, ” Quite a lot of revelation came out at the hearing”.
According to Afolabi-Akinyode, “Monica actually passed the course as assessed by the University; but Prof. Akindele wanted her to agree to his proposition, so he was blackmailing her so that she could succumb to him”.
The earlier failure of the sex-for mark panel to extend invitation to Monica had led to a public outcry by groups of Feminists and Activists who demanded an immediate invitation to the student to state her story.
Following the outcry an invitation was subsequently sent to Monica to face the panel on Tuesday, April 24.
Feminists and Activists groups led by Executive Director, Women Advocacy and Development Centre, (WARDC), Dr. Abiola Afolabi-Akinyode volunteered to give legal support to Monica who they said resorted to self-help after efforts to seek internal investigations failed.
The activists alleged that the postgraduate student was deliberately shut out by the Varsity panel set up to investigate the veracity of the sex allegation as a way to protect Professor Akindele..
At about 10am this morning when the panel was billed to commence sitting at the Vice-Chancellor’s Lodge a detachment of men of Directorate of State Security (DSS) had taken strategic positions to wade off public interest in the matter.
Sources told Healthstyleplus that there was a mild drama at the entrance to the Vice-Chancellor’s Lodge when security officials insisted that Monica could not be allowed any legal representation.
Dr. Afolabi-Akiyode who offered her legal services and representation was told she could not be allowed into the sitting alongside representation from the National Human Rights Commission.
But Afolabi-Akinyode, a former Public Relations Officer of the OAU Students Union Government, insisted on representing the student as a volunteer Lawyer saying, “you cannot intimidate us”.
She noted that the presence of men of DSS clearly showed that the university authority was “apparently expecting a big crowd but fortunately for them the school is not is session” .
Monica Osagie a Masters of Business Administration student had through a viral audio recordig alleged that Professor Akindele demanded five rounds of sex from her to upscale her failed marks in an Accounting Course.