Earlier this week, we reported a telephone call recording between a lecturer and a yet to be identified student broke the internet. On the recording, the lecturer Professor Richard Akindele who is a professor at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) could be heard telling the student that the price for increasing her score would be five rounds of sex. The lecturer in question has allegedly gone missing.
The university public relations officer, Abiodun Olanrewaju said he does not know if the lecturer in question has gone into hiding. He also stated that the committee charged with investigating this situation has started sitting.
He also pointed out that the school was still searching for the student at the other end of the recording.
His words, “For now, the proff. has finished his sabbatical, but he has some accumulated leave. It is only his head of department that can say categorically if he has been coming to the office or not.”
“I don’t know if he has gone into hiding because he is not a criminal. We are still investigating the allegations leveled against him. He has not been convicted and he is not before any court of competent jurisdiction.”
“We have set machinery in motion to identify the characters in the audio tape. Obafemi Awolowo University is the best ICT university in Nigeria and we have the apparatus to determine the vanity or otherwise of the audio tape.”
“If any student comes out to tell the university that certain things happened to them, the university will investigate it. As a university, we don’t rely on speculations; neither do we dwell on rumors. But if we receive a formal complaint from anybody, either student or worker, that has to do with harassment – whether sexual, political, social or religious – we will take it up. But there must be a complaint before we know what to do.”
More on the unidentified student, he said, “The girl that recorded the audio, we are still working on her identity and when she comes forward, we will know. But it won’t be in the interest of members of the panel to pre-empt that. However, they have started sitting on the issue.”
Lastly, he said that the university would make sure that a proper and detailed investigation would be done to reassure the public that the university did not cover any immorality. Also that the report of the committee would be made public.