Pastor Richard Akindele, OAU Lecturer Caught On Tape Demanding Sex To Pass Student On The Run
A lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, who was accused of demanding sex from a female student of the institution in return for marks, has allegedly gone into hiding.
Metro Plus visited his office on Thursday, but he was not around.
One of the lecturers at his department said the man had been hiding since his leaked conversation with the female student went viral on the social media.
The lecturer, who did not want to be identified, added that the professor was also not at his residence, adding that some members of his church had been going to his house to sympathise with his wife.
He said, “The prof is not in the office. He has not been coming since his alleged conversation with a female student went viral. I don’t know where he is, but he has finished his sabbatical and has come back to the campus before this scandal broke out.”
There were few lecturers and workers standing in clusters in front of the Faculty of Administration where the department is located.
Most of them refused to speak on the matter.
The OAU Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olanrewaju, said he could not tell if the lecturer had gone into hiding, adding that the committee investigating the matter had started sitting.
He noted that the school was still searching for the student.
He said, “For now, the prof. has finished his sabbatical, but he has some accumulated leave. It is only his head of department that can say categorically if he has been coming to the office or not.
“I don’t know if he has gone into hiding because he is not a criminal. We are still investigating the allegations levelled against him. He has not been convicted and he is not before any court of competent jurisdiction.
“We have set machinery in motion to identify the characters in the audio tape. Obafemi Awolowo University is the best ICT university in Nigeria and we have the apparatus to determine the vanity or otherwise of the audio tape.
“If any student comes out to tell the university that certain things happened to them, the university will investigate it. As a university, we don’t rely on speculations, neither do we dwell on rumours. But if we receive a formal complaint from anybody, either student or worker, that has to do with harassment – whether sexual, political, social or religious – we will take it up. But there must be a complaint before we know what to do.
“The girl that recorded the audio, we are still working on her identity and when she comes forward, we will know. But it won’t be in the interest of members of the panel to pre-empt that. However, they have started sitting on the issue.”
He explained that the university would ensure that thorough investigation was done into the matter to convince the public that the institution did not cover immorality or any other anti-social behaviour.
April 13, 2018 at 5:15 AM
And you say dis one is a pastor, God can’t be mocked, he is fake one
Let him be caught and brought to justice
April 13, 2018 at 5:17 AM
Agent of the devil
April 13, 2018 at 6:15 AM
Why has he gone into hidding? Shame on him.
April 13, 2018 at 8:39 AM
May more of such be exposed.
April 13, 2018 at 8:58 AM
what is the meaning of this? for heaven sake, while is he hiding? he did it truly. let him come up and defend himself, pastor, wolf in ship clothing.
April 13, 2018 at 11:25 AM
I just hope the case is not swept under the carpet on the excuse that the student has refused to come out to officially complain or that the Lecturer has gone into hiding
April 13, 2018 at 1:39 PM
Other lecturers may find one reason or the other to punish the student. He will tell his confidants who the student was and those professors will start plotting against her. Anybody who listened to the tape will have an insight to what is happening in our Nigeria universities. He even told the girl that the other girl who scored 35 points has played ball and he does not know why this girl is being difficult when she scored lower than the other girl. This girl scored 32 points. Some of the blame should go to the girls too. Some of them do not study believing they can settle the professors with their bodies to get a pass mark while the boys settle their with money. The women who listened to the tape with me said it is a common occurrence in Nigeria universities. This action rubbishes the efforts of those who really studied hard to make it. Most or all of these good for nothing students are those involved in cultism. This shows the level of decadence education in Nigeria has degenerated and thanks to those who have done everything possible to destroy education in Nigeria because other people do not want to wait for them to catch up. Funding for education is zero, lecturers are not paid, dilapidated infrastructures so lecturers look for ways to make money and those female students pay with their bodies, some students lose the zeal to study since they know they can pay cash (if you are a male) or sex (if you are a female). It is a sorry situation in Nigeria. All our law makers care for is their pockets.
April 13, 2018 at 2:09 PM
Well analysed,Uzoma. I am sure these lazy girls are the ones that will come out of the university and convert their NYSC uniform to a slay’queen’s attire. Wearing the paramilitary uniform was one of the strong reasons for working and graduating with flying colours in those days: having said that,in the past and in some situations, some lecturers have deliberately given students low marks if they had designs on them,knowing full well that they would compromise themselves to graduate.This could be the case!
God help us!
April 13, 2018 at 7:37 PM
That students will never reveal her identity because of the retaliation from other lecturers. These people are working hand in hand and they always receive and demand for favor from one another. If that student eventually comes out to prove her case and that man is dismissed from that uni, that girl will never graduate from that institution, that is a fact. If that girl is a straight A student, she will never find it funny. The other professors will tell her that girl! at least none of us demand sex from you, why are you complaining? lobatan! because that is the only option left for other professors to support their friend.
She may request that her paper should be graded by external auditor from other institution but that will prolong her year of graduation. The best option for that girl is to take it far to our nation’s court system and let the judge aware that in case there may be payback from his associates. Even with that that girl should be ready for long fight and she may have chance if her father is in corridor of power. This case will eventually dies down as usual.
April 14, 2018 at 9:05 PM