The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU, Ile-Ife, has announced the sacking of Richard Akindele, the Professor of Management and Accounting at the university who was the subject of a sex-for marks scandal.
Akindele was initially suspended after the university probed an audio showing that he demanded five sessions of sex from a student, Monica Osagie, to upgrade her mark.
Announcing the sacking on Wednesday at a press conference in Ile-Ife, Eyitope Ogunbodede, Vice Chancellor of OAU, said the Governing Council of the institution found Akindele “guilty of all the charges against him”.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University,Prof Eyitope Ogunmodede announced the sacking at a press conference on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Ile Ife.
Ogunbodede said that the University Senate at its meeting on June 14 considered the committee’s findings that Akindele had inappropriate relationship with his student.
He said this was established through their conversation in the audio recording, his reply to the query, the oral evidence and the printed ‘WhatsApp conversations’ tendered before the committee.
The vice chancellor said Akindele had acted in a manner that compromised his position as a teacher and examiner, in that his conversations with Monica Osagie were about examination scores and inducement of favour for the alteration of examination scores.
Ogunbodede said: “He offered to change Miss Osagie’s purported “33%” result to a pass mark in consideration for sexual favours; this was established in the audio recording which he admitted.
His claim that Miss Osagie knew that she had passed with a score of 45 but was seeking to score an A and that this led to him being sexually harassed by Miss Osagie cannot be supported by any evidence.
Recall that Prof Akindele was exposed in a phone conversation between him and the student on Monday, April 9, 2018.
In the viral audio, the lecturer can be heard asking the student to have sex with him to increase her exam score to a pass mark.
However, while the leaked audio conversation between the Prof Akindele and Osagie remained a mere allegation, the student after some weeks opened up on what really happened.
In an interview with CNN, Osagie said she helped the professor edit his book, adding that she saw him as her mentor.
But the man wanted more and she said that she became uncomfortable with the relationship.
She said: “We actually edited the book together… Then, the next thing he told me was, ‘Can you date me?
“I was like, ‘No.’ He was like, ‘Why?’ I said, ‘One, I don’t date lecturers, and secondly, you are more matured than I am.”
“He kept calling me to ask if I was ready to accept his proposal. So, I decided to record our next conversation,” she added.
Meanwhile, before he was finally dismissed from Obafemi Awolowo University, professor akindele had been suspended following the recommendation of the investigative committee in their interim report.