By Sodiq Lawal
Following the report that a Professor at department of Accounting in Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, Osun State, Richard Akindele is in trouble for reasons to have sex five times with his female student before passing her, the students, staff and management of the institution have reacted to the scenario.
When contacted, the spokesperson for OAU told our correspondent the management already knew about the scandal.
“The university is aware and we are setting up machinery to critically look at the issue to determine the veracity otherwise there won’t be conclusion,” said the spokesperson, Abiodun Olanrewaju.
Commenting, Remi Sonaiya, OAU retired professor and former presidential aspirant, said: “Terrible! Unfortunately, many universities don’t have strong deterrence or punishment for abusers.
“Students should be encouraged to speak out when such things happen. There must be at least someone in the institution who can be trusted and confided in. Justice must be done.
“The good thing about such cases becoming public is that it will force the institutions to address them more seriously – if only to protect their name.
“Sadly, our universities have not dealt seriously with the issue of sexual harassment.”
A senior staff in the accounting department, who spoke on condition of anonymity revealed that Professor Akindele was caught three years ago for engaging in sex for mark practice.