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We need information to complete probe on Unilag sexual scandal involving professor - Official

We need information to complete probe on Unilag sexual scandal involving professor - Official

- An official of the probe panel over the sexual scandal involving a professor of English in the University of Lagos, Taiwo Oloyede, has said that the team needs useful information to conclude its investigation

- Oloyede revealed to newsmen on Sunday, July 2, that the inability of the female student involved to officially reveal her identity will hinder the progress of the probe

- She said that in no time, the panel will gather all needed information and complete its investigation

The principal assistant registrar, communications unit of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Taiwo Oloyede, on Sunday, July 2, said that the authority of the institution has released details of the investigation panel set up over the allegation of sexual assault involving one of its professors.

Just recently, the university set up the panel to investigate an allegation of sexual molestation made by an unnamed female student of the department of English, Premium Times.

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The said student had given her side of the incident with nude photographs of the lecturer, Olusegun Awonusi, a professor of English Studies at UNILAG and a former vice chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijagun, Ogun state.

The student accused Awonusi, a former Commissioner of Education in Ogun State, of sexually molesting her. She said she was reaching out to the public to stop the professor’s victimisation as many students had allegedly been victimised by him, a claim which the lecturer denied.

Oloyede told newsmen that the panel was receiving useful information from the public to aid its investigation.

Oloyede said: “Following due process, right now we are still receiving memoranda and after that, the panel will now start sitting proper. But now, we are still receiving memoranda from the public. Even if you have any valuable information, please share it with us.”

Asked if there is a deadline for the submission of memoranda, Oloyede said: “To make it as transparent as possible, I am sure in the next one week or two, we should close the call for memoranda because it has been on for about three weeks.”

Moreover, concerning the statement by the vice chancellor that the failure of the lady involved to officially reveal her identity to the university may hinder the progress of the probe, the spokesperson remarked that the vice chancellor “was quoted out of context.”

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She said: “Sometimes we are always quoted out of context. What he was trying to say was to encourage the young lady to make herself available. Maybe not even through conventional ways. She can come through any means.”

Meanwhile, reported that Awonusi had finally shared his own version of the story. Concerning the development, he said: It is blackmail. The said pictures were taken about four years ago but sometimes ago, I received a message from a particular lady, saying she was in possession of my unclad photos and that I should pay her N400,000. The lady said if I did not pay the money, she would go public with the photos. I think this is what she had promised.”

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