Sexual harassment: OAU varsity panel recommends lecturer’s dismissal

A lecturer in the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Administration, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Olabisi Olaleye, has been recommended for dismissal for an alleged sexual offence.

One of his students, Motunrayo Afolayan, had accused him of sexually harassing her.
Olaleye was recommended to be dismissed from the employment of the university by the Prof. Yetunde Ajibade-led panel, which investigated Afolayan’s allegations against him.

The OAU Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olarewaju, said in a statement on Thursday that the investigative panel had submitted its reports to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede.

Though Olanrewaju’s statement did not reveal the content of the reports, a member of the investigative panel, who spoke to The PUNCH on condition of anonymity, disclosed that the panel indicted Olaleye and recommended that he be dismissed from the university.

Afolayan, it was learnt, presented a voice recording of where the lecturer was threatening her that she would not pass his course until he slept with her, among other amorous comments.

“We discovered that the lecturer was so feared that even his bosses and colleagues dare not confront him when harassed female students reported him,” the source said.

The panel, according to the source, commended Afolayan for summoning the courage to speak out and for presenting foolproof evidence against the lecturer.

The panel also urged the management to devise means that harassed students could use to report such cases without fear of possible persecution.

“We make this recommendation because immoral lecturers can stop students from coming to their offices with phones and cameras,” the source said.

Olaleye’s dismissal came months after a lecturer in the Department of Accounting at OAU, Prof. Richard Akindele, was indicted for sexually harassing a female student, Monica Osagie, and dismissed from the university.

Akindele was later prosecuted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment.

Before the panel’s verdict on Thursday, OAU had placed Olaleye on half salary, while investigation into the case was ongoing. Punch
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