It has just been reported that a professor at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has been exposed of social media for demanding to sleep with his female student who failed his course.
The professor who was identified as Richard Akindele was not aware that the student was recording the phone call conversation when he requested to sleep with her five times. Listening to the audio recordings, the professor disclosed that the young lady scored 33 and if she not ready to give in to his demands, she would retake his course.
Premium Times also revealed that the professor happens to be a pastor but the name of his church was not disclosed and the course he teaches was not disclosed as well.
The audio recordings say: “Student: Hello Sir, Professor Akindele, yesterday you said something but because I was close to my boyfriend I could not say anything. You said you’ve submitted it
Lecturer: I gave you an opportunity and you missed it. Forget about it. You will do it next year.
Student: I was calling to confirm whether you were serious about it.
Lecturer: Me that agreed to do something. I know what I meant. If you don’t trust me, forget about it. If I wouldn’t do it, why should I give you audience in the first place? If I am not interested in doing it, I won’t give you audience in the first instance. The other person has come and I told her straight away because there is nothing I can do to bail that person out and her mark is even better than your own. The person scored 39 while your own is 33. Only two people failed the course so what else do you want me to do. You can see it anytime you come, we are at Moro doing exam, we are doing MBA executive exam. They are just starting. I will finish by 4:30 and maybe 5, I should be in the office. If you are ready, come by 5:00. Why did you tell me you were on your period the other time.
Student: I was really seeing my period Professor Akindele.
Lecturer: Stop mentioning my name. And now nko?.
Student: I am not on my period now.
Lecturer: Your boyfriend has done it yesterday?
Student: Is it every time that someone will be doing with the boyfriend? Is it every time you do it with your wife?
Student: It’s a lie, not possible. So what’s the plan now?
Lecturer: Let’s have the first one today and then we will do another one tomorrow. Is our agreement not five times?
Student: Is it B that you want to give me or C? Why would it be five times you will knack me?
Lecturer: That’s what I will do.
Student: Prof, you know what? Let me fail it. I can’t do it five times. For what nah? No worry. Thank you, sir
Lecturer: You are welcome.”
The university’s spokesperson Abiodun Olanrewaju disclosed that: “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.”
A retired professor of the university also said that: “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.”
Listen to the audio below: