Clearly regarded as one of Nigeria’s best tertiary institutions, the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, is battling to save its image over an ongoing sex-for-marks scandal after a female postgraduate of the institution has accused a lecturer, who is also a professor, of harassing her for sex to upgrade her failure in a recent examination to a pass grade. She blew the lid on the scandal by posting the salacious details of their telephone conversation online.

A telephone conversation between the lecturer and the student widely circulated the Internet, the professor’s name has become the trending topic across the country. In the conversation, the professor promised to upgrade the mark of the student from 33 to 40 after he must have had a sex romp with her five times. But she (the student) later rejected the condition and said she would rather fail than have the professor sleep with her five times.

A committee has since been set up by the institution’s management to investigate the telephone conversation. The vice chancellor, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, said the process of identifying the person involved has commenced, even as he insisted that OAU had zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

The question now is, can the system still be trusted?


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