The Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, has formed a joint panel comprising of its governing council and senate to further probe the sex-for-mark allegation levelled against Prof. Richard Akindele by a postgraduate student, Monica Osagie.
A phone conversation, in which Akindele demanded for sex before upgrading his victim's mark to a pass, was leaked on social media. The scandal led the institution to set up a fact-finding committee which found the audio to be authentic and consequently advised the suspension of Prof. Akindele.
Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, the Vice-Chancellor of the school, told The Punch that both Akindele and Osagie would be allowed to bring their lawyers to the hearing. He said the joint panel has the power to find the lecturer guilty or otherwise and decide what punishment to mete out on him.
“The governing council has now set up the real investigative panel which is a joint panel of council and senate of the university. It is this joint panel that will allow the man to bring his lawyer and the university’s lawyer will be there. The lady involved in the matter can also bring her lawyer.
“Now, the joint committee, comprising members of the council and senate, has been formed and it is the joint committee investigating the matter that can now pronounce him guilty. It is only then that the final punishment can be dished out to him.”
Ogunbodede restated the institution's zero tolerance for sexual harassment promising that the joint panel would be thorough in its activities and ensure justice is served.