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‘That’s Akindele’s voice’ — church members implicate OAU prof in sex-for-marks audio
The voice in the sex-for-marks audio tape that went viral on Tuesday is that of Richard Akindele, a Professor of Management and Accounting at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Osun State, his church members have confirmed.
After the release of the audio, Biodun Olanrewaju, Public Relations Officer of the university, had said the university management was aware of the matter and had set up a committee to investigate it.
However, speaking with Premium Times, one of the congregants at Anglican Diocese of Ife, where Akindele is a minister, said there was no need for the university authorities to probe the tape, as the voice in it is exactly the professor’s.
“There is no need for any computer to test the voice,” the congregant, who asked not to be named, said.
“The voice in the leaked audio is exactly that of Reverend Richard Akindele. However, the man is too gentle for such act. The lady purposely set him up.”
Reverend Adeola, a cleric in the church, said he was very sure the voice he heard was Reverend Akindele’, but he expressed doubts that he could do what the audio paints him as having done.
“Although, the voice I heard is that of Reverend Akindele, I doubt he can do that,” he said. “I’m not in best position to speak. But what I can say for free is that I know him to be a man of God, generous and easy going.”
After he was exposed, Akindele’s wife was reported to have said the devil is at work to soil the name of her husband
Also, a Facebook user shared how Akindele solicited sex from her friend 20 years ago.
The post read: Good Morning. I didn’t want to react to the piece you posted on the OAU case because of notifications after I do so. I left Ife twenty years ago and I remember one of my part two accounting friends telling us to pray for her because one of her lecturers insisted on sleeping with her before she can pass his course. She did not give in and we prayed over it. The man changed his mind and said he was only testing her. I sent this latest clip to her to tell her how things have not changed over twenty years later in the same department. She currently lives in Ireland. She responded to my message that this professor in the news was the same lecturer then who was pestering her. I have had a few chats with people who finished from that department and they said everyone knows about him.
Eyitope Ogunbodede, Vice Chancellor of OAU, already said the university had begun the process of identifying the person involved, adding that the university would punish any act that is in breach of regulations of the university’s code of conduct and anti-sexual harassment policy.
“In full compliance to all applicable laws, the university has set up a high powered committee to investigate the allegation and submit its report within one week. Anyone found culpable will be dealt with decisively,” he said.
“The university considers sexual harassment as an offence punishable contrary to the code of conduct and anti-sexual harassment policy. The university will never condone such act by any staff or students.”