Sex-for-mark Prof: We may in­volve po­lice, says OAU VC

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - Femi Makinde, Osogbo

The Vice Chan­cel­lor of the Obafemi Awolowo Univer­sity, Prof. Ey­i­tope Ogun­bod­ede, has said the var­sity may in­volve the po­lice to ver­ify a tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion in­volv­ing a pro­fes­sor at the in­sti­tu­tion who was ac­cused of de­mand­ing sex from a fe­male stu­dent.

The VC said this while speak­ing to our cor­re­spon­dent in Osogbo on Sun­day.

A yet-to-be iden­ti­fied fe­male stu­dent at the univer­sity last week re­leased a tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion be­tween her and the pro­fes­sor where the lat­ter was heard de­mand­ing five rounds of sex from the stu­dent to up­grade her mark from 33 to a pass.

The VC said al­though the univer­sity had not re­ported the case to the po­lice, it might in­volve them to get to the root of the mat­ter if in­ves­ti­ga­tion ran into a hitch.

he said, “We have a com­mit­tee that is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter now and we gave them one week to sub­mit their re­port. If we run into any hitch, we can use all the re­sources avail­able to get to where we are go­ing. But once things are run­ning smoothly, we may not need to in­volve the po­lice.

“But we must first iden­tify those in­volved and where they are; if we have any prob­lem do­ing that, then that is when the univer­sity will in­vite the po­lice.

“The com­mit­tee’s one week will elapse by Wed­nes­day. We will brief you about it. I need to state that we have ex­cel­lent re­la­tion­ship with the po­lice, the DSS and oth­ers.”

Mean­while, a pro­fes­sor, who is a for­mer col­league of the em­bat­tled don, has said that the au­dio record­ing may not be strong ev­i­dence to nail the lec­turer.

The pro­fes­sor, who did not want to be iden­ti­fied, said the fe­male stu­dent was a black­mailer seek­ing to de­stroy the lec­turer be­cause of her “brain­less­ness and lazi­ness.”

he said, “I have thought again on the au­dio record­ing and I want you to ex­am­ine this: there is no por­tion in the au­dio record­ing where the name of OAU was men­tioned.

“This is a ma­jor is­sue and there­fore, I am sure that OAU may not own the au­dio for le­gal rea­sons. It will be dif­fi­cult to ad­dress this mat­ter in court when the chips are down.

“The au­dio is not a bril­liant record­ing be­cause many nec­es­sary in­gre­di­ents that can ex­pose such mat­ters are miss­ing in the au­dio.”

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