Sex-For-Mark: See What Victim, Monica Told OAU Panel
Monica Osagie, the alleged victim in the sex-for-marks scandal at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has told an investigative panel that the accused Professor Richard Akindele, deliberately failed her because she refused his sexual demands.
She said she did not score 33 per cent as the lecturer claimed, but was failed deliberately.
Miss Osagie said this on Tuesday when she appeared before the panel, her lawyer Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi told journalists.
The victim had appeared before the committee set up by the institution’s authorities in company of her counsel.
Miss Osagie, a student in the Masters of Business Administration programme, released a recorded telephone conversation, which went viral, in which the lecturer identified as Professor Akindele, demanded five rounds of sex.
The committee, which held its session at the Pro-Chancellor’s Lodge on the campus, allowed only Miss Osagie and her counsel into the venue.
Mrs Akiyode-Afolabi, who spoke with newsmen after the closed door session which lasted more than seven hours, said Miss Osagie told the panel that she passed the course but was later failed by the don.
Akiyode-Afolabi, who is the Executive Director for Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre, Abuja, said Miss Osagie also informed the panel that she recorded the conversation between her and the professor as evidence.
She said Miss Osagie also informed the panel that she reported the sexual harassment by the don to some lecturers in the university, adding that no action was taken by them.
Mrs Akiyode-Afolabi said she was optimistic that the outcome of the investigative panel would serve as a lesson to other lecturers who also engage in such acts.
She, however, urged the panel to ensure that justice prevailed on the issue so as to maintain the integrity of the institution.