sacks professor involved in sex-for-mark scandal

The management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, has reportedly announced the sacking of Professor Richard Akindele for allegedly demanding sex from Monica Osagie to upgrade her mark. Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, the vice chancellor of the university, announced the sack at a press conference in Ife on Wednesday, June 20, The Punch reports.. He said the Governing Council sacked the lecturer having found him guilty of all the charges against him. News reported that Monica Osagie, the student at the centre of the sex-for-mark scandal, talked about the developments that led to the sexual advances from the randy professor, Richard Akindele. In an interview with CNN, Osagie said she had developed a mentor-mentee relationship with the professor after she helped him edit his book. Osagie, however, said she soon became uncomfortable with the relationship as the professor started to make sexual advances towards her. She said she had also received abuse on social media and allegations that she was the one that tried to seduce the professor. Despite the criticisms, Osagie said she had no regrets speaking about her experience. She added that her hope is that her case will give young women facing harassment on campuses the confidence to reject inappropriate advances from their lecturers. “I am actually happy I came out. I am helping many ladies that have gone through the same thing I have gone through, and most of them can’t talk about it. “They are scared of coming out in public. But I know it happens everywhere, not just in Nigeria. For me, speaking up will bring more women to speak and eradicate what is happening around young women and older men,” Osagie said.  “There is no work or … education that is worth your dignity,” she added. “I will keep saying that.” Since the news broke out, Professor Akindele is yet to speak publicly and reportedly declined to speak to CNN. “I have nothing to say until the university has concluded their investigation,” he told CNN.

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