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Sex-for-marks scandal: OAU professor suspended indefinitely

Richard Akindele, a professor at the centre of the sex-for-mark scandal at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has been suspended indefinitely by the university.

Mr Akindele was found guilty of serious misconduct by a panel set up to investigate the scandal. The panel recommended the lecturer’s suspension.

“We will like to reiterate that OAU will continue to do everything legally and morally acceptable in pursuance of its avowed commitment to zero tolerance for sexual harassment, intimidation and, or coercion,” the university’s vice-chancellor, Eyitope Ogunbodede, said in a statement sent to the media.

A female student of the university recently accused Mr Akindele of sexual harassment. She backed her allegations by posting an alleged conversation of the lecturer soliciting for multiple rounds of sex to upgrade her failed course grade.

The allegations elicited uproar in the social media and prompted an investigation by the institution.

Mr Ogunbodede has however stated that a final decision on the lecturer’s fate will be determined by Th Joint Council and Senate Committee of the university.


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