Sex-for-marks-scandal: OAU suspends professor indefinitely

Sex-for-marks lecturer, Professor Richard Akindele, whose telephone conversation in which he demanded for sex from a female student was recorded and released on social media has been suspended indefinitely by the management of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

A member of the committee who spoke with Punch in Osogbo on Wednesday said the committee recommended the suspension of the professor in a report of the committee set up by the university to probe the matter and to authenticate the veracity of the telephone conversation, where the lecturer demanded to have sex with the student five times before he would upgrade her mark from 33 to a pass mark.

It was gathered that the female student was a postgraduate student doing her Masters in Business Administration, she initiated a call and asked the professor about their earlier discussion on the matter.

The member of the committee said, “The committee recommended the indefinite suspension of the professor pending the time the final report will be ready. The committee established a prima facie case against the professor. But note that this is the interim report of the committee.

“The committee invited the professor and the female student. We identified the student and invited her, but she did not appear. Only the professor honoured our invitation. I don’t want to tell you what he said on the telephone.”

The committee member said the lady was an MBA regular student and added that the final report would be submitted after the lady might have appeared before the panel.