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‘Akindele lied that I failed so he could sleep with me’ ― OAU sex-for-mark victim tells committee

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Monica Osagie, a post-graduate student of Obafemi Awolowo University, who leaked her phone conversation with Richard Akindele where he demanded sex to upgrade her mark, has told the university’s committee she passed but Akindele claimed otherwise to bait her into having sex with him.

She appeared before the committee, set up to investigate the scandal, on Tuesday at the Pro-Chancellor’s Lodge on the campus, and the meeting lasted for about four hours.

The committee members also invited a lecturer, who Osagie claimed she had sought help from to intervene when the incident occurred.

Talking to journalists at the venue, Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, the Executive Director of Women Advocate Research and Documentation Centre (WARD-C), said Osagie scored 45 in the course which Akindele taught her and not 33 as claimed by him.

“The meeting was a fact-finding one and they told us that they had not got to the level of legal representation: Because of that, we were there as observers,” Akiyode-Afolabi said.

“The committee members asked her [Osagie] to narrate her ordeal with the professor which she did. She explained what happened and she didn’t deny the recording. She affirmed that the recording took place and she justified why she resorted to self-help because there was no effective support coming from the university.

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“The incident happened towards the end of last year. It was not two years ago. She has completed her programme. She passed the course that we are talking about. She didn’t fail.

“The school reaffirmed that she passed and that she scored 45 and not 33; and the man did not give her mark. Apparently the man was using the 33 as a bait to get her.

“She talked about her understanding of what happened. She talked about the fact that she is a good student and that she passed all her courses. That she shouldn’t have failed the course and that she checked and found out that she passed and that the 33 the man talked about must have been his imagination.

“It must also have been a way of negotiating with her to get her to bow to his wish, which was the reason she recorded the conversation.”

Osagie’s lawyer, who was also at the meeting, said the professor did not eventually have his way with her client as she did not succumb to pressure.

“I can categorically say that there was no sexual relationship between her and the man,” she asserted.

“As far as we are concerned, if they need more evidence, Monica Osagie is ready to give them. This case is not about her alone, but about other students out there who are being assaulted and harassed by lecturers.”

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'Kunle works with The ICIR as an investigative reporter and fact-checker. You can shoot him an email via [email protected] or, if you're feeling particularly generous, follow him on Twitter @KunleBajo.

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