Another lecturer at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Olabisi Olaleye,has been accused of demanding sex in exchange for grades.
This incident resurfaces after Professor Richard Akindele of the same university was dismissed and later sent to prison for two years, after demanding sex from a female student to help improve her grades.
400-level student, Motunrayo Afolayan, of the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Administration, said that Mr Olaleye failed her in a Diplomacy course with code IRS 305 during the 2017/2018 academic calendar while in 300 level.
When she sought to rewrite the exam again in the 2018/2019 session, the lecturer continued his threats to fail her if she refused to lay with him.
A senior officer in the faculty, who pleaded anonymity, told newsmen that the student sought help from another lecturer in the department, Sunday Omotuyi.
Mr Omotuyi, according to the source, declined to intervene because he had met the lecturer sometime in 2014 on behalf of another student but was shooed away by Olaleye who described his colleague as too ‘junior’ to talk to him on such matters.
Afolayan made a recording of the lecturer which she showed to other lecturers who requested for evidence.
Olaleye is heard saying in Yoruba: “I promise you would fail this course three times except you sleep with me.”
A university source told the news platform: “So, she was in Olaleye’s office and just as predicted, Olaleye held her by the hand and began to fondle her. While he was carried away, the lady turned on the voice recording application on her phone and taped all his vulgar words including the threat.”
Olaleye reportedly released Afolayan’s result alongside a few others when he learnt the incident had been reported. The result showed that the student passed.
OAU authorities set up a probe panel headed by the provost of the university’s postgraduate college, Prof Yetunde Ajibade
Olaleye appeared before the panel in November last year, while Omotuyi faced the panel on January 9.
The student also confirmed meeting the panel with other female students in the department as witnesses.
The lecturer, however, denied harassing Afolayan in a written response to a query from the management.
He attributed the delay in releasing Afolayan’s result to his co-lecturer, who teaches the course with him, Omolara Akinyemi, saying she was busy with “accreditation issues.”
OAU spokesman, Abiodun Olarewaju, said the university will get justice done in the case.
“There is no basis for anybody to nurse any fear about the possible outcome of the probe,” he said.