The management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OUA), Ile Ife has assured the public that they will not protect a lecturer, Professor Joseph Ayo Opefeyitimi who has been accused of a sex scandal.
A university student in the Department of Linguistics and African Languages, Boluwatife Hannah Bababunmi, reported the alleged case of sexual assault against the lecturer who is a professor of Yoruba incantations and stylistics in the same department.
Boluwatife reported to authorities that the speaker sexually assaulted her on March 18, 2022 in his office.
The departmental committee that sat on the case found the professor responsible and established a prima facie case against him after a thorough investigation.
At the faculty level, the dean of the faculty of arts, Professor Niyi Okunoye referred the matter to the university’s anti-sexual harassment committee.
The Anti-Sexual Harassment Committee also sat on the matter and clinically deliberated on the matter and recommended appropriate disciplinary action against the professor.
The university’s public relations officer, Abiodun Olarewaju, said Wednesday that the university’s board of trustees would soon make a final decision on the recommendations and determine the fate of the lecturer.
Olarewaju said the OAU leadership has never shielded any staff member or student convicted of committing a sexual offence.
The PRO said: “We want the general public to be reassured and reassured that the current management of the university does not condone any form of sexual roguery, under any pretext whatsoever against a member of the university community of anyone We are also committed to continuing to protect our students, especially girls, from any sexual predator, no matter how high up.
“To mark its zero tolerance for sexual harassment, the current university management summarily fired three professors who had committed similar sexual offences.
“The first professor to be fired was from the management and accounting department while the second was from the English language department. The third, who received his dismissal letter last month, was teaching in the international relations department.”
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