Saturday, 21 April 2018

Monica Osagie: Female student who was sexually harassed by OAU lecturer speaks out


Post-graduate student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Monica Osagie who is enmeshed in the sex for marks controversy rocking the Institution, spoke to Saturday Sun through a proxy and she denied shunning an invitation by the panel probing audio tapes of her conversation with disgraced Professor Richard Akindele, who demanded five rounds of sex for marks.

Read more: Sex-for-mark: Female-student, Monica Osagie to appear before OAU panel

According to Monica Osagie who disclosed that she was awaiting an invitation by the panel, the university did not at any point invite her to face the panel. Her proxy Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, Founder, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre, a non-profit organisation, challenged the university to bring evidence that she was formally invited by any means to appear before the panel.

“Before the matter went viral, the university was aware of it and they did not do anything. If the case did not go viral, the university probably would have not done anything and it would have been swept under the carpet.

“I think that we should focus more on whether the act of that professor amounts to sexual harassment, whether it was a breach of the school’s code of conduct, whether it was a breach of terms of contract for lecturers or whether he abused the relationship that should exist between lecturers and students” she said.

The lady further argued that the University should be responsible and responsive in addressing issues of sexual harassment, because Miss Osagie is ready to come out whenever the university extends a proper invitation to her, adding that it appears the school wants to protect its reputation at the expense of the young lady.

“Let the university do what they are supposed to do by giving her proper invitation. They have all her records because she is their student. The panel has never invited her, so when the panel invites her today, she would come.

“She didn’t release the audio. She got the evidence and it was given to one or two people when she was seeking for help. So definitely one of them released the audio, and she cannot be blamed for it”.

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