A professor of Yoruba incantations and Stylistics, at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Joseph Opefeyitimi, has been suspect of sex crime by a female student of the Department of Linguistics and African Languages, Boluwatife Bababunmi.A statement signed by the public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, said the incident happened on March eighteen, 2022, and therefore the student petitioned the college management 3 days later.The statement titled, ‘Sex Scandal: OAU Not Foot-dragging’ revealed that upon thorough investigation, Opefeyitimi was found prima facie liable and won’t evade the appropriate sanction.
“Procedurally, after the receipt of the formal complaints, the first step was that the departmental committee sat on the matter and, after thorough investigation, professor Opefeyitimi was found clear liable,” the statement partly reads.
“Second stage was the faculty level and the Dean of the faculty of Arts, professor Niyi Okunoye referred the matter to the anti-sexual harassment committee of the University. The committee, that also sat and clinically deliberated on this same matter, suggested appropriate disciplinary actions against professor Ayo Opefeyitimi to the University Management.”Of course, the University administration would have to present its recommendations to the Governing Council that has the final say on the matter, considering the standing of the staff involved.
“We want the general public to be rest assured and be confident that this University Management doesn’t condone sexual rascality of any kind, under any guise against any member of the University community from anybody. we also pledge to continue to protect our students, significantly the female ones, against any sexual predator, no matter how highly placed.
“As a mark of its zero tolerance for sexual harassment, this University Management had summarily discharged 3 lecturers who had committed similar sexual offences.”The 1st lecturer to be dismissed was of the department of Management and Accounting whereas the other was from the department of english language. The third one, who was given his letter of dismissal last month, was teaching in the department of international relations.”
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