OAU sacks lecturer accused of sexual assault


The Governing Council of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has dismissed Adebayo Mosobalaje, a lecturer at the Department of English Language, who was accused of sexually assaulting a female student.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Abiodun Olarewaju, the university’s public relations officer, said the lecturer was dismissed after thorough deliberation by the university’s management.

“In its avowed determination to rid the University of any form of sexual intimidation, harassment and, or coercion, the Governing Council of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has dismissed another lecturer who was found guilty of sexual demeanor against a female student,” the statement read.

“Having exhaustively deliberated on the report of the Joint Committee of Council and Senate, which investigated the case of sexual harassment against Dr Mosobalaje, the University Council, unambiguously declared its zero tolerance to sexual harassment in any form or guise and, accordingly, applied the appropriate University sanctions for such an offence as contained in the University regulation.

“At several fora, the Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, has reiterated the commitment of his administration to uphold the “Zero tolerance policy” for Sexual harassment and other social vices,” the statement added.

An investigative panel set up by the school had earlier found Mosobalaje culpable of sexual misconduct and recommended that he was “deserving of the highest punishment of dismissal”.

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