Sexual Assault: OAU finds Professor Opefeyitimi guilty

170, Professor Joseph Ayo Opefeyitimi

Authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, said it has established that Professor Joseph Ayo Opefeyitimi, a professor of Yoruba Incantations and Stylistics in the Department of Linguistics and African Languages is guiltyof attempted rape as charged by a student of the institution, Boluwatife Hannah Bababunmi.

OAU made this revelation in a rebuttal to rumour making the rounds alleging it of attempt to sweep the matter under the carpet.

In the statement the institution denied any thing of such and went on to give a lowdown of its efforts.

It reads in part: “Procedurally, after the receipt of the formal complaints, the first step was that the departmental committee sat on the matter and, after a thorough investigation, Professor Opefeyitimi was found prima facie liable.

“The second stage was at the Faculty level and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professor Niyi Okunoye referred the matter to the anti-sexual harassment committee of the university. The committee, which also sat and clinically deliberated on this same matter, recommended appropriate disciplinary actions against Professor Ayo Opefeyitimi to the university management.

“Of course, the university administration would have to present its recommendations to the Governing Council which has the final say on the matter, considering the status of the staff involved.

“We want the general public to rest assured and be reassured that the present university management does not condone sexual rascality of any form, under any guise against any member of the university community from anybody. We also pledge to continue to protect our students, particularly the female ones, against any sexual predator, no matter how highly placed.

“As a mark of its zero-tolerance for sexual harassment, the present university management had summarily dismissed three lecturers who had committed similar sexual offences. The first lecturer to be dismissed was from the Department of Management and Accounting while the second one was from the department of English Language. The third one, who was given his letter of dismissal last month, was teaching in the department of International Relations,” the statement added.


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