66-year-old Professor Joseph Opefeyitimi, has been accused of sexual assault by a feminine scholar of Obafemi Awolowo College, Ile Ife.
A press release signed by the Public Relations Officer of the College, Abiodun Olarewaju, mentioned the incident occurred on March 18, 2022, and the scholar petitioned the college administration three days later.
The assertion titled, ‘Intercourse Scandal: OAU Not Foot-dragging’ revealed that upon thorough investigation, Opefeyitimi was discovered prima facie liable and gained’t evade the suitable sanction.
“Procedurally, after the receipt of the formal complaints, step one was that the departmental committee sat on the matter and, after thorough investigation, Professor Opefeyitimi was discovered prima facie liable,” the assertion partly reads.
“Second stage was the College degree and the Dean of the College of Arts, professor Niyi Okunoye referred the matter to the anti-sexual harassment committee of the College. The committee, which additionally sat and clinically deliberated on this identical matter, advisable acceptable disciplinary actions towards professor Ayo Opefeyitimi to the College Administration.
“In fact, the College administration must current its suggestions to the Governing Council which has the ultimate say on the matter, contemplating the standing of the employees concerned.
“We would like most of the people to be relaxation assured and be reassured that the current College Administration doesn’t condone sexual rascality of any kind, underneath any guise towards any member of the College group from anyone. We additionally pledge to proceed to guard our college students, notably the feminine ones, towards any sexual predator, irrespective of how extremely positioned.
“As a mark of its zero tolerance for sexual harassment, the current College Administration had summarily dismissed three lecturers who had dedicated comparable sexual offences.
“The primary lecturer to be dismissed was of the division of Administration and Accounting whereas the second was from the division of English Language. The third one, who was given his letter of dismissal final month, was instructing within the division of Worldwide Relations.”
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