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How Osagie And Mordi’s Fight Against Campus Sex Crimes Brought Victims Out From The Shadows

The Oasis Reporters

October 11, 2019

BBC’s Kiki Mordi (left), Monica Osagie.

It took sheer guts, real willingness to give up on dreams and being savvy in the application of modern communication gadgets to nail the crime of powerful sexual offenders in Nigerian university campuses then bring powerful offenders to book.

Edo state born Monica Osagie, then a Master’s degree student at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile – Ife in Nigeria’s South West became famous for ‘lightening the rod’ with her novel approach in making her pestering lecturer, Professor Richard Akindele bite the dust from what he believed was an Olympian height where he could force female university students to either sleep with him, or fail their courses.
Akindele is currently serving a jail term of six years (compressed to two years). He has also lost his professorial job at the prestigious university.

On April 14, 2018, The Oasis Reporters had published the analysis about Female Undergraduates Devicing Ingenious Methods To Trap Lecherous Lecturers

“Female university students are designing ingenious methods to fend off the aggressive advances of randy lecturers by entrapping and scaring them off with electronic bugging devices, such that the incidences of sex-for-marks would face a decline as time goes on.

Monica Osagie had secretly recorded her phone conversation with Professor Richard Akindele, a lecturer in the Department of Management and Accounting in the University, who insisted on making love with the final year Master’s degree female student five times before scaling her marks up from the lowly 33% score to a pass level. She pretended to play along so as to get the audio evidence by calling the professor by name to his protestations, and courageously turning the proposal down. Preferring to fail, rather than be graded on bed.

It turned out in the allocutus by Richard Akindele’s counsel pleading for a mitigation of the sentence, that there was an error (suspectedly deliberate) in the marking scheme for the lady’s script which was corrected. The implication being that failing female students could at times be a deliberate ploy to bring them to the negotiating bed before they can graduate.

In the audio recording obtained by The Oasis Reporters, the conversation began with the student asking the lecturer about his previous demand to pass a particular course he lectures so as to scale up and avoid ‘repeat’ the following academic year.

The lecturer was heard saying, “I gave you an opportunity and you missed it, forget about it. You will do it next year. Me that agreed to do something. I know what I meant. If you don’t trust me forget about it. If I wouldn’t do it, why should I give you audience in the first place. If I am not interested in doing it, I won’t give you audience. The other person has come and I told her straight away because there is nothing I can do to bail that person out and her mark is even better than your own. The person scored 39 while your own is 33.”

Barely 17 months after, two other lecturers in University of Lagos, Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu of the Department of European Languages and Integrated Studies, Faculty of Arts and Dr. Samuel Oladipo of the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences have fallen prey to the same sexual sin when a BBC undercover reporter recorded them demanding for illicit sexual encounters with an “assumed” 17 year old university admission seeker. Unknown to them, Kiki Mordi was an undercover reporter who personally has an Axe to grind with the system that forced her out of the university, because she refused sexual propositions from University lecturers. She is said to have no degree yet.

The management of University of Lagos, on Monday and Tuesday suspended and barred Dr Igbeneghu and Dr Oladipo over alleged sex-for-admission video recording by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) report in their offices.

The BBC video which is still trending also captured some lecturers in Ghana university.

Authorities of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), on Wednesday, set up a panel headed by Prof Ayodele V. Atsenuwa, a Professor of Public Law, Faculty of Law, who is also the incumbent Dean of the Faculty, to try the two senior lecturers involved in the sex-for-admission scandal.

A statement signed and dated Wednesday, October 9 by the Principal Assistant Registrar (Communication Unit), Mrs. Taiwo Oloyede, said the panel would probe the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu of the Department of European Languages and Integrated Studies, Faculty of Arts and Dr. Samuel Oladipo of the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences as well as other related cases.
The University of Lagos also enjoins
“Students and members of staff who have relevant information are encouraged to come forward. Their protection is assured.”

Nigerian born publisher of ‘The Americanization Of Mmeri’, Dr. Maureen Onuigbo added her voice from the shadows in America with her story thus :

“I left my pharmacy program at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) because I refused to sleep with professor O**wole in Pharmacology to pass.
I reported him to the Head of Department, at that time, Dr. Dixon. It made things worse.

I left and Dr. O**wole (full names deliberately omitted) continued his reign of terror at the Faculty of Pharmacy.

His obstacles turned me towards my true destiny. I came to the US and despite everybody telling me how impossible it was, I went to the University of Connecticut and got my doctor of Medicine.”

Dr. Maureen Onuigbo further went on to acquire more degrees from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, specializing in Health Management and policy. 2005.
Before then, she was at Georgetown University (Radiation Science) 1991-1992 and
Trinity University, Washington DC.

One can say that Federal Government College Owerri,1997 graduate was simply lucky to have supportive parents who sacrificed all, to send her abroad for her studies. Many academic pursuits of female students who were not so fortunate have been cut short, owing to the ugly activities of lecherous male lecturers that sexually abandon their long suffering wives for campus girls. Many more revelations have come to the fore from other Universities like Benin, Kano, Zaria, etc. The stories are still being compiled , for Nigeria and West Africa is yet to hear the last on this topic.

Greg Abolo

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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