Olabisi Olaleye, a lecturer in the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Administration, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has been recommended for dismissal for an alleged sexual offence after one of his students, Motunrayo Afolayan accused him of sexually harassing her.
Olaleye was recommended to be dismissed from the employment of the university by the Prof. Yetunde Ajibade-led panel, which investigated Afolayan’s allegations against him.
In a statement, OAU Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olarewaju, made on Thursday, he said that the investigative panel had submitted its reports to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede.
Though Olanrewaju’s statement did not reveal the content of the reports, a member of the investigative panel, spoke to “The PUNCH” on condition of anonymity, and revealed that the panel had indicted Olaleye and recommended that he be dismissed from the university.
The source said:
“We discovered during the investigation that he had been involved in messy deals with his students.
“Some of the students were too afraid to report him and some that did report him to some lecturers were fearful to provide evidence. That is why we commend Motunrayo Afolayan for her courage to speak out.
“She did not just speak out, she provided strong evidence against the lecturer and I’m sure the lecturer too should know by now that his service to the university has ended.”
It was learnt, that Olabisi’s accuser, Afolayan, had presented a voice recording of where the lecturer was threatening her that she would not pass his course until he slept with her, among other amorous comments.
The source continued:
“We discovered that the lecturer was so feared that even his bosses and colleagues dare not confront him when harassed female students reported him,” the source said.
According to the source, the Panel commended Afolayan for summoning the courage to speak out and for presenting foolproof evidence against the lecturer.
The panel also urged the school management to devise means that harassed students could use to report such cases without fear of possible persecution.
“We make this recommendation because immoral lecturers can stop students from coming to their offices with phones and cameras,” the source said.
Olaleye’s dismissal came months after a lecturer in the Department of Accounting at OAU, Prof. Richard Akindele, was indicted for sexually harassing a female student, Monica Osagie, and dismissed from the university.
Akindele was later prosecuted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment.
Before the panel’s verdict on Thursday, OAU had placed Olaleye on half salary, while investigation into the case was ongoing.