UNILAG sex scandal accuser must show up, VC insists

Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Oluwatoyin Ogundipe has insisted that the lady who accused her lecturer of sexual harassment, Joy Uwana must show up to prove her allegation for the investigation to reach a meaningful conclusion.

Professor Ogundipe who was speaking on the sidelines of the 6th Babatunde Sofoluwe Memorial Lecture on Tuesday in Lagos also emphasised the university management’s commitment to establishing the truth in the controversy.

EduCeleb.com recalls that Ms Uwana had accused a professor of English, Olusegun Awonusi of habitually harassing females in the Department after leaking his nude pictures online.

She had claimed that harassment of female students in the department was done with the knowledge of other lecturers who kept mute because of the “cult-like” nature of their operations.

This accusation has so far been denied by Awonusi who alleged blackmail. He alleged that it was because he did not submit to paying the N400, 000 the lady demanded that made her release the pictures, which he claimed were stolen from his phone.

The UNILAG management also opened a memoranda on the scandal on Monday calling on anyone who has any useful information towards helping the fact-finding committee it set up by the management to carry out proper, balanced and fair investigation.

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Ogundipe said that it was important the lady comes out to say her side of the story.

“If the lady does not come out, how will the investigation be concluded?

“You must not hear from one side alone; you must hear from the two sides and balance the information you have gotten before taking decision and making recommendation,” Ogundipe said.

He stressed that the university has a standing policy to address such issue and would not compromise the investigation in any way.

According to him, the investigation committee consists of senior professors who would not be intimidated by anybody.

“We have our policy on ground concerning issues relating to the behaviour of our students, lecturers to lecturers and lecturers to students and the policy on ground would be properly implemented.

“When you talk about academic corruption, it is a global issue but the policies to address it too is also on ground.

“Anybody that is found culpable will be taken care of by the laid down policies”, he said.

Insiders at UNILAG told EduCeleb.com that interested persons had begun submitting pieces of information to the committee since it announced that.

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Those who have any useful information to provide on the matter had till June 15, to do so.

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