It was gathered that the Governing Council of the Osun State University, Osogbo, has finally sacked Dr. Olabode Ojoniyi of the Department of Languages and Linguistics, Ikire Campus, who was caught on tape while trying to have sex with a female student of the institution.
The Governing Council headed by Mallam Yusuf Ali SAN, after painstakingly investigating the case, axed the lecturer, who appeared nude on a bed in a hotel room and caressing one Miss Mercy Ikwue.
A member of the Governing Council confirmed the sacking of Ojoniyi to Punch in Osogbo on Sunday.
He said, “The Council met last week and the report of the panel that investigated Ojoniyi’s amorous affair with the female student was deliberated upon. His appointment was terminated because that is the penalty stated in the Code of Conduct of Staff of Osun State University.”
Part II articles 15 and 23 of the Code of Conduct for Staff and Students of UNIOSUN read, “An academic staff shall not conduct himself/ herself in relation to students in such a manner that derogates from his status as a lecturer, examiner and adviser. Specifically, sexual harassment of students by (members of) staff is totally forbidden. Any (member of) staff found guilty of sexual harassment shall be dismissed from the service of the university and may be handed over to relevant state authority for prosecution.
“An academic (member of) staff shall not demand from students any gratification whether in cash or in kind including sexual gratification in the discharge of his/her lawful duties. Breach of this code shall warrant appropriate sanction ranging from warning to termination of appointment depending on the gravity of the offence.”
The lecturer in August landed in trouble after the girl released the over 30-minute video clip, allegedly recorded in a hotel room.
Though there was no real sexual intercourse in the footages, however, some students of the institution claimed the accused raped her.
In a petition written by some students of the university, they said Ojoniyi was behind the suspension of Ikwue, after she was allegedly caught for examination malpractices.
The petition claimed the lecturer mounted pressure on the student for an amorous affair but the lady resisted him.
It was further learnt that the lady confided in some persons, who advised her to set a trap for Ojoniyi by agreeing to his love advances.
According to the content of the captured footages, the female student mounted the laptop directly opposite the bed and pretended to be watching the ‘Things Fall Apart’ film on it but she was capturing the moment of madness with the supposed lecturer.
However, Ojoniyi in his reaction then blamed some of his colleagues, accusing them of conspiring against him.
Meanwhile, a Bill for an Act to make provision for the prohibition and punishment of sexual harassment of students by lecturers in tertiary institutions has since been passed into law.