University of Lagos (UNILAG) has been on the news lately as a female undergraduate has accused a professor of sexual harassment.
The student’s accusation came Barely a month after Obafemi Awolowo Univeristy, Osun State was embroiled in a ‘sex for marks’ scandal with one of it’s professor. Prof. Richard Akindele of sexual harassment. The management later suspended Akindele indefinitely.
The allegation of sexual harassment against the one time commissioner and former vice chancellor, is generating ripples in the English department,Faculty of Arts and on the campus.
The unidentified female student accused a professor in the Department of English of molestation.
The student took her case to a popular blogger to share her sad and depressing story of molestation in the hands of one of her lecturers.
I have been suffering this for months now. Whenever students go to his office for anything he is always trying to touch you, said the student.
“I took pictures of him on one of the days I entered his office. He has made molestation a part of him. I’m even scared for my life in Unilag. That’s why I’m reaching out to you so he can be stopped.
“He is a profesor in the English department, Faculty of Arts. I am not his first victim. He does this all the time to students.
“I have completely given up when it comes to academics he has failed me on tests before. When I talked to him concerning it he told me I should know what to do I am an adult. I feel so dirty for even allowing such an old man touch me. But he doesn’t even care.
“He should be stopped before he ruins the lives of other innocent girls in that English department. When he touches me I am always in tears but it doesn’t stop him. Please this is why I am reaching out all I want is for him to be stopped. He is destroying the mental state of girls in Unilag.
Meanwhile,it is said that the name of the said lecturer is Olusegun Awonusi, a professor of English Studies at UNILAG and former Vice-Chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijagun, Ogun State.
Awonusi was also a former Commissioner of Education in Ogun State.
When the paper reached out to Awonusi, he denied the allegation, describing it is a cheap blackmail, adding that his phone was stolen some time ago and that the pictures were taken over four years ago.
In a quick reaction to the accusation, the university management said its attention has been drawn to a report trending on social media about the alleged sexual harassment.
“We wish to reassure our stakeholders, students, parents, members of staff and the public that management will not treat this matter with levity. Management will tackle the allegation with every sense of responsibility and seriousness that the matter deserves. The issue would be thoroughly investigated with transparency.
“Management respectfully request information from members of the university community and pledges confidentiality and protection,’’ the statement added.
The office of the professor has now been locked and he has been sighted at a book launch of a colleague at Ade Ajayi Auditorium on Wednesday.
Students of the English did not know the female student but that the news had spread all over the campus.