33.1 C

Randy OAU lecturer accused of sexual harassment gets suspension, pending conclusion of investigation


1min read

ON Wednesday, the management of Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU,Ile-Ife, Osun State, suspended Olabisi Olaleye, a lecturer at the Department of International Relations of the institution and also placed him on half-pay following preliminary findings into the sexual harassment accusation by Motunrayo Afolayan, a student of the school.

The decision was based on the initial evidence garnered by the investigative panel headed by Prof. Yetunde Ajibade, the provost of Post Graduate College.

The panel was set up by the university after the incident was reported last year.

Speaking with The ICIR on Wednesday in a phone conversation, the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, explained that though the case had been ongoing since last year the recent move by theUuniversity was to send a message that the school would not accept any form of sexual harassment of students by lecturers.

“Last year when the case was reported to the management, the university decided to set up a panel to look into the circumstances surrounding the allegation and submit its findings before a decision will be reached.

“I want to say the lecturer has not been indicted yet but based on preliminary evidence before the panel there was an inappropriate relationship between the student and the lecturer which the student was not comfortable about.

“This is a message that the university management will not condone any act of sexual harassment, sexual intimidation or any other form of sexual assault and we don’t want any student to feel unduly intimidated by any lecturer male or female,” he said.

- Advertisement -

Motunrayo, a final year student in the Department of International Relations of the Faculty of Administration of the University had accused Prof. Olabisi Olaleye, a lecturer in the department, of intimidation after refusing his sexual advances.

“She was repeatedly failing a particular course the lecturer took and we decided to investigate the matter deeply and since we’ve been able to establish that the lecturer behaved inappropriately we decided to suspend him and place him on half salary pending the submission of the report of the panel,” he said.

In 2018, Richard Akindele, a former professor with the Accounting Department of the university was expelled after a panel of investigation set up by the university found him guilty to allegations of soliciting for sex in order to award grades to a female student.

Akindele is currently serving a two years imprisonment term after the Federal High Court, Osogbo, found him guilty of abuse of office.

Amos Abba is a journalist with the International Center for Investigative Reporting, ICIR, who believes that courageous investigative reporting is the key to social justice and accountability in the society.

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

If you or someone you know has a lead, tip or personal experience about this report, our WhatsApp line is open and confidential for a conversation



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Support the ICIR

We need your support to produce excellent journalism at all times.


White paper: Lagos govt describes Lekki Toll Gate killings as ‘assumptions’

THE Lagos State Government has rejected that nine persons were killed when the Nigerian...

Wike’s N7bn suit against ThisDay newspaper adjourned to January 2022

A N7 billion libel suit against ThisDay newspaper and its management has been adjourned...

Borno government commits 14% of 2022 budget to education

THE Borno State Government has earmarked 14.2 per cent of its 2022 budget to...

Low tax-to-GDP not justification for raising taxes, Adesina tells FG

AFRICAN Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, on Tuesday, said that  low tax-to-Gross Domestic Product...

AfCFTA: Upbeat investors must see beyond challenges, target opportunities in Nigeria -NIPC 

ACTING Executive Secretary/CEO of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) Emeka Offor has urged...

Most Read


Subscribe to our newsletter