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Nigerian University Dismisses Lecturer Over Sexual Harassment

This is not the first OAU lecturer that would be dismissed over sexual harassment cases, but some are still awaiting ‘investigation’.

The Governing Council of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, in Osun State, Southwest Nigeria has dismissed a lecturer who was found guilty of sexual harassment against a female student.

Abiodun Olarewaju, the Public Relations Officer of the University, stated in a press release that the decision to dismiss Adebayo Mosobalaje of the Department of English Language in the Faculty of Arts, was taken by the University Council at its last sitting on Tuesday, Sept, 7.

“Having exhaustively deliberated on the report of the Joint Committee of Council and Senate, which investigated the case of sexual harassment against Dr Mosobalaje, the University Council, unambiguously declared its zero tolerance to sexual harassment in any form or guise and, accordingly, applied the appropriate University sanctions for such an offence as contained in the University regulation,” the statement read.

Two weeks ago, the University Management formally inaugurated an “anti-sexual harassment policy.”

Eyitope Ogunbodede, the Vice Chancellor of the University, in the statement, restated the commitment of his administration to uphold the “zero tolerance policy” for sexual harassment and other social vices.

The Council of University Chaired by Owelle Oscar Udoji has also pledged to support policies that promote mutual co-existence between all the members of the University Community.

In 2018, OAU was in the light following a report on sexual harassment allegations against a professor of accounting at the university’s faculty of administration, Richard Akindele.

Akindele was dismissed by the university after he was found guilty and sentenced to two years imprisonment following his prosecution by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Offences Commission (ICPC). However, he has since been released.

OAU also has an unresolved case of a lecturer of International Relations, Bisi Olaleye, and another at the school’s Center for Distance Learning, Monday Omo-Etan. The duo were suspended but nothing has been heard months after.


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