The Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof Eyitope Ogunbodede has ordered the immediate suspension of Prof Richard Akindede pending the final determination of the disciplinary case of alleged sexual harassment against him.
The suspension followed the consideration of the interim report of the Committee set up to investigate the allegation of sexual harassment revealed in a recent audio recording that involved Akindede of the Department of Management and Accounting of the University.
A statement signed by the VC stated that it has been established that the voice in the controversial “marks-for-sex” audio recording is that of Prof Richard Akindede.
“The interim report submitted to the Vice Chancellor, Prof Eyitope Ogunbodede revealed that Professor Richard I. Akindele, of the Department of Management and Accounting, is now established to be the lecturer in the controversial “marks for sex” audio recording.
“The female voice has also been identified as that of Miss Monica Osetobe Osagie, a Postgraduate Student on the Master of Business Administration Regular programme.
“Although the Investigative Committee had invited both Professor Richard I. Akindele and Miss Osagie, only Prof Akindele had appeared before the Committee, while Miss Osagie is yet to appear or make any representation.
“The report indicated that many other witnesses appeared before the committee and gave useful evidence. The University is making efforts to ensure that Miss Osagie appears before the investigative committee so that it can hear her side of the case and promptly submit its final report.
“The committee observed that a prima facie case of inappropriate relationship with the female student had been established against Prof Richard I. Akindele.
“The vice-chancellor, having carefully and dispassionately considered the report, also came to the conclusion that a prima facie case of serious misconduct had been established.
“Having regard to the gravity of the offence for which Prof Richard I. Akindele is found to be prima facie liable, the Vice-Chancellor, in line with the Code of Conduct for the University Community and acting under all the laws and regulations of the University enabling him in that regard, has directed that Prof Richard I. Akindele be suspended forthwith from the University, pending the final determination of the disciplinary case against him,” the statement said among others.