The student at the centre of a sex-for-mark scandal rocking the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Monica Osagie has denied shunning an invitation by the panel probing her audio tapes of her conversation with disgraced Professor Richard Akindele, who demanded from sex for mark.
Saturday Sun newspaper reported She made the denial via proxy, and said she was awaiting an invitation by the panel.
Mrs. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, who is her proxy and Founder, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre, a non-profit organisation, stated that Miss Osagie was not invited at any point in time to face any panel.
“Before the matter went viral, the university was aware of it and they did not do anything. If the case did not go viral, the university probably would have not done anything and it would have been swept under the carpet.
“I think that we should focus more on whether the act of that professor amounts to sexual harassment, whether it was a breach of the school’s code of conduct, whether it was a breach of terms of contract for lecturers or whether he abused the relationship that should exist between lecturers and students.” She said.
Afolabi said that the University need to take responsibility in addressing issues of sexual harassment because Miss Osagie is ready to come out whenever the university extends a proper invitation to her.
“Let the university do what they are supposed to do by giving her proper invitation. They have all her records because she is their student. The panel has never invited her, so when the panel invites her today, she would come.”
“she didn’t release the audio. She got the evidence and it was given to one or two people when she was seeking for help. So definitely one of them released the audio, and she cannot be blamed for it.” she added
Naija News understands that she claimed that the university was trying to salvage it image at the expense of the young Lady, while admitting that there have been no threat against the lady.
“We are not comfortable with the university saying they invited her when they didn’t invite her. Her name is already out, the whole world is aware so we cannot say because of security and safety, we won’t allow the truth to prevail.”
Akiyode-Afolabi said Monica hasn’t done anything wrong and is unapologetic about what she did.
“I think society should focus on what really happened, and whether such should happen in higher institutions of learning and not about what she did.”
The university authority had earlier, in a statement said that the lady in question have been invited but has neither showed up before the panel to defend her case nor wrote a formal complaint to the institution to defend the leaked audio. The university also suspected the Professor until the case was concluded