By Damilola Faustino
The Governing Council of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, has sacked Prof. Richard Akindele, who was accused of demanding sex to upgrade the mark of a female postgraduate student, Monica Osagie.
Osagie was a postgraduate student in the Department of Management and Accounting and was said to have completed her programme in 2018.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, announced the verdict of the council at a press conference at the university.
The Senate of the university had on June 14 claimed it had established that the prof had an inappropriate relationship with the student and compromised his position as a teacher and an examiner by demanding to have sex with the student to upgrade her scores.
The vice-chancellor said the Senate, as well as the Governing Council, found the lecturer liable of all the allegations leveled against him and subsequently ordered his sacking.
Ogunbodede said, “Professor Akindele had an inappropriate relationship with his student, Miss Osagie. This was established through their conversation in an audio recording; his reply to the query; oral evidence and the printed WhatsApp conversation tendered before the committee.”
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