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Crime & Punishment of Wednesday, 8 September 2021

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OAU dismisses lecturer over sexual harassment of student

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The Governing Council of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, on Tuesday announced the dismissal of a lecturer, Dr Adebayo Mosobalaje, of the Department of English Language, Faculty of Arts, over sexual harassment of a female student.

A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the varsity, Abiodun Olarewaju, stated that the decision to dismiss Mosobalaje was taken by the university council at its sitting on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

The statement read in part, “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 for sexual harassment in any form or guise and, accordingly, applied the appropriate university sanctions for such an offence as contained in the university regulation.

“It will be recalled that almost two weeks ago, the university management formally inaugurated an ‘anti-sexual harassment policy’ where their excellencies, Erelu Bisi Fayemi (the wife of Ekiti State governor) and Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola (the wife of Osun State governor) presented papers, while a former Vice Chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Professor Yemisi Obilade, was the main speaker.

“The council of the university, chaired by Owelle Oscar Udoji, has also pledged to support policies that promote mutual coexistence between all the members of the university community.”