Condemnations trail OAU lecturers’ sexual assaults

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Condemnations and outcry have continued to trail the rising cases of sexual assault in the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, particularly with the latest release of an audio recording, detailing the conversation between a randy lecturer, Prof. Richard Akindele and a student in the Accounting Department.

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in Osun State

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in Osun State

In the audio which has gone viral on social media, Reverend Richard Akindele had demanded to have sex with his female student five times (not five rounds) before passing her.

Akindele had insisted to have sex with the student as a gratification to upgrade from the low mark, 33, she scored in a course to pass mark, 40!

The audio recording opened with the student asking the lecturer about his previous demand to pass a particular course to avoid ‘carrying over’ to another academic year.

Akindele, however, told the student to stop asking him questions and just take the ‘opportunity’ he had extended to her or be prepared to repeat the course next year.

He said: “I gave you an opportunity and you missed it, forget about it. You will do it next year. Me that agreed to do something. I know what I meant. If you don’t trust me, forget about it. If I wouldn’t do it, why should I give you audience in the first place?

“If I am not interested in doing it, I won’t give you audience. The other person has come and I told her straight away because there is nothing I can do to bail that person out and her mark is even better than your own. The person scored 39 while your own is 33.”

The lecturer then accused the student for lying about her menstrual period the day he demanded sex from her initially but the girl responded that she was really on her period.

“I am really seeing my period Prof.,” she said.

Akindele then told the girl his plan was to have sex with her five times before he would pass her, beginning from the next day of conversation.

Reacting to this development, the PRO of OAU, Abiodun Olanrewaju said the management is fully aware of the scandal and that efforts are being made to determine the veracity of the story and the personalities involved.

“The university is aware and we are setting up machinery to critically look at the issue to determine the veracity; otherwise, there won’t be a conclusion,” he said.

Condemnations galore

The Renaissance gathered that this unfortunate occurrence has led to public outcry from the management, staff, lecturers, students and others from within and outside the institution.

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Speaking on this development, a retired professor of the same OAU, Remi Sonaiya condemned the event as unfortunate and painful:

“Terrible! Unfortunately, this practice has continued because many universities do not have strong deterrence or punishment for abusers.

“Students should be encouraged to speak out when such things happen. There must be at least someone in the institution who can be trusted and confided in. Justice must be done in this situation.

“The good thing about such cases becoming public knowledge is that it will force the institutions to address them more seriously – if only to protect their name.

“Sadly, our universities have not dealt seriously with the issue of sexual harassment.”

In the same vein, a senior staff in the Accounting department who spoke on condition of anonymity revealed that Professor Akindele was caught, about three years ago, for engaging in a similar sex-for-mark scandal and urged the authorities in OAU to come heavily on the Professor if found culpable, to serve as deterrence to others.

Commenting on the issue from Atlanta Georgia in the United States, Mukaila Abiola Ajayi said: “Wow! I just listened to the audio, it is ludicrous, and I couldn’t help but remember my days in Nigerian College in the early eighties.

“Five times to raise 33 to 40? Forty is still the pass-mark? As it was, so shall it continue to be…? May God save and bless Nigeria. Amen.”

A lecturer, Ademola Samuel Obadaye who classified universities teachers in Nigeria as endangered species did not exonerate promiscuous ladies for seducing their teachers.

“I am a lecturer and this is one of the unfortunate issues we can’t claim ignorance of in our higher institutions. Some female Students do beg for the mark, that create an avenue for an indiscipline lecturer to demand something in return?

“In the case of the prof, it could be the lady that gave him her number. Why should she do that? Why going to a lecturer to seek for mark or assistance to pass?

“Anyway, the prof has behaved ingloriously by failing to control and caution his libido, the end result is what is happening now!

“Lecturers are endangered through sexual enticements and seduction from these students who feel that they can get what they want with this antic.

“That doesn’t mean that there are no intimidations and harassments from lecturers too but my augment here is that students are part of this evil.”

However, it must be stated that no lecturer can intimidate or fail a brilliant student. Most of these students who fall, victims, are sometimes poor students who are pressured to give in to the antic of the lecturers likewise the students will go to any length to make sure she passed especially with courses of high units.

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It is two sides of the coins. I had several cases in my domain. I  had at least witnessed a female student that walked into my office to woo me

Another university lecturer, Dr Jubril Bamgbade who spoke from Malaysia blamed the incident on a weak control system.

“These are issues you’ll continue to witness in Nigeria when lecturers are treated like gods!

“Come and see Chinco students in my class here with craziest bum shorts and tiny blouse without a bra!…and if you make the slightest mistake with any one of them, you’re gone. The school authority will listen to them before you!”

The Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Osun State Council, Boladale Bamigbola also condemned Prof. Akindele’s randy affairs.

Bamigbola challenged the management of the Obafemi Awolowo University to live up to their responsibilities by clearing their name from the mud, saying any attempt to do otherwise will portray them as culpable and complicit in the dirty dealing.

Also, a social media activist, Mr Adejare Ibrahim warned potential lecturers to be mindful of their weakness before they choose to lecture as a profession. He, therefore, called for an institutional framework to stem the tide of the ugly incident.

“Before you choose any career, think deep. If you can’t control your libido, do not aspire to be a lecturer. If you do so, you will be messed up big time.

“Prof. Richard Akindele, the Lord is your shepherd ooo. That girl has finished you. The girl deliberately mentioned the Prof’s name, so that he won’t later deny that it was not his voice. And the professor fell, when he said: “stop mentioning my name”.

“The girl did not act in isolation. Some people were behind the Prof’s travails. Nothing can ever redeem his already-battered image. OAU students are bad!!!

“The man is extremely careless. It’s obvious he’s neck-deep in this shameful act. There are many lecturers in the mould of Prof Akindele.

“They intimidate students into submitting to their licentious ways. They fail students at the evil dictates of their wicked desire. K’Olohun o saanu wa ni.

“However, there should be an institutional framework to combat sex-for-mark and money-for-mark propensities in our tertiary institutions. God save us,” Adejare advised.

Students condemnations of lecturers

Meanwhile, in a separate report by Ekene Agbor of Eastern Reporter, students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife cried out over what they described as rising cases of sexual assault on female students by randy lecturers.

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Reacting to the sex-for-marks scandal that rocked the university, students were unanimous in asking the management to tackle the allegations headlong before the scandal escalates.

They also demanded the resuscitation of the Students Union Government, saying the absence of the body has given the lecturers leverage to harass female students.

One of them, who simply identified self as Grace warned her fellow females to be wary of the lecturers who do not mind failing them at will ‘to secure their bodies on the bed.’

Similarly, the Student Union Action Committee condemned Reverend Akindele for demanding serial sex from a female student for marks.

A statement released by the Student Union Action Committee on Tuesday read: “We use this medium to appreciate Great Ife Students for their anger at the obvious misuse of position.

“We are aware that frequently than ever, girls on OAU campus are forced to trade their bodies for marks and refusal to do so would mean carrying courses.

“We want everyone to know that we are trying our possible best to find the lady who recorded the Voice note if she is still a student after which we will lodge a formal complaint with the school management.

“We want this lady to get in touch with us first so that we can guarantee her security and closely monitor her from possible sponsored physical attacks.

“If anyone knows her, they can forward her number to us too. She should not be scared. She would be kept confidential.

“We may also proceed to declare Prof. Richard Akindele wanted to clear his name from the mess as it is possible he has a good narrative which we consider unlikely.

“We use this occasion to urge all girls who have come under such requests and assaults to lodge their complaints with the Action committee.

“We advise guys too, as the case may be, to lodge their reports.

A University of learning and culture cannot have a lecturing system that targets the sexuality of students instead.

“We urge all to remain alert as our strength is in our joint force. We also urge students to call for the reinstatement of the Union as issues like these become more rampant when there is no central body to agitate for the students.”

From Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo

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