OAU Sacks Popular Lecturer Adebayo Mosobalaje over Sexual Harassment, His Student Reacts

OAU Sacks Popular Lecturer Adebayo Mosobalaje over Sexual Harassment, His Student Reacts

  • OAU has dismissed another lecturer, Dr Adebayo Mosobalaje, over allegations of sexual harassment
  • The institution's governing council said Mosobalaje was dismissed after being found guilty of sexual demeanour
  • The university had in 2018 sacked a professor, Richard Akindele, for allegedly demanding sex from a female student

OAU, Ile-Ife - Dr Adebayo Mosobalaje, a lecturer at the Department of English Language in the Faculty of Art, Obafemi Awolowo University, has been sacked by the institution's governing council.

The Punch reported that Mosobalaje was found guilty of sexual demeanour against an unnamed female student.

Sexual Harassment: OAU Sacks Popular Lecturer Adebayo Mosobalaje
Adebayo Mosobalaje, a lecturer at the Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has been sacked over sexual harassment. Photo credit: Bello Lukman Unity Fm 93.3 Jos
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Legit.ng gathers that the lecturer's dismissal was announced in a statement by the university’s spokesman, Abiodun Olarewaju, on Tuesday, September 7.

The university council said it took the decision after deliberating on the report of the committee which investigated the case of sexual harassment against Mosobalaje, Daily Trust also reported.

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The statement partly read:

“The decision to dismiss Dr Adebayo Mosobalaje of the Department of English Language in the Faculty of Arts was taken by the University Council at its last sitting on Tuesday, September 7th, 2021."

Reactions trail Mosobalaje's sack

Adeola Adebiyi-Abe commented on Facebook:

"Such a brilliant lecturer! Destroyed your career cus of the 'little little more'."

Favour Ezeobi said:

"Thank you guys for taking this kind of decision at least if you guys have been doing like this Nigeria will be better."

Omotayo Olatunde Ogunkanmi said:

"My God! Dr Mosob taught me Literature in, I think, 100 Level back then in OAU. The innocent-looking, dark-complexioned man would say, "A short story is..." With such an unusual accent of his, I used to find it a little bit difficult to get what he dictated."

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Abdullahi Olusunmade said:

"I know a lot of ladies that will be very glad with this news. This is a lesson to all randy lecturers out there. One day Monkey go go market, e no go come back "

Professor Akindele sacked

In 2018, the OAU management sacked Professor Richard Akindele for allegedly demanding sex from a female student to upgrade her mark.

Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, the vice-chancellor of the university, announced the sack at a press conference in Ile-Ife.

He said the governing council sacked the lecturer having found him guilty of all the charges against him.

UNILAG sacks two lecturers

In a related development, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has finally sacked Boniface Igbeneghu and Samuel Omoniyi Oladipo, two lecturers exposed in the sex-for-grade investigation released by the BBC in 2019.

The two lecturers were caught soliciting sex from students in exchange for grades.

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Recall that the institution had earlier suspended Igbeneghu, who doubles as a pastor, and Oladipo following the investigation and set up a panel to look into the allegations against them. About two years after, UNILAG in a statement on Wednesday, June 2, announced the lecturers' dismissal.

Lecturer challenges student to expose him

Meanwhile, in the aftermath of the BBC report, Aliyu Maigado, a lecturer with the Department of Animal Science, Federal University of Kashere, Gombe state, challenged any of his students to expose him if he has, at any point in time, sexually harassed or extorted money from them.

He said:

"I am Aliyu Maigado, a lecturer with Department of Animal Science, Federal University of Kashere, Gombe state.
"Over the years, I taught several courses and interacted with many students, both male and female. If as my student, I ever extort money from you; demanded for or sexually harassed you, between you and your God, kindly report and expose me. Thank you."

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