Sex-for-marks: UNILAG may involve police to invite accuser

As part of efforts to unravel the truth about the sexual harassment allegation against a Professor of Linguistics at the institution’s Department of English, Prof. Segun Awonusi, the management of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, has said it may involve the police to compel the accuser to appear before a fact-finding committee and substantiate her allegations.

This was as the university has also appealed to the Publisher of Linda Ikeji Blog, the website that published the semi-nude pictures of the accused, Ms. Lynda Ikeji, to help the university in its investigative efforts by supplying relevant information in her disposal about the source of the news.

Addressing the media, the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, gave the identity of the accuser as Miss Joy Nwanna, a former student of the English Department who was enrolled to 200 level through direct entry during 2012/2013 academic session and graduated during the 2015/2016 session.

Ogundipe, who said all efforts to reach Miss Nwanna by the committee proved abortive, added that all phone numbers of her family members provided in her records when she was admitted into the school were not going through, while her supposed phone number belongs to one Yakubu Idris.

The VC added that the accused, Awonusi had appeared twice before the five-man panel headed by a former Dean of the Faculty of Law, Prof. Chioma Agonmo, and that he had replied his query in writing.

He said; “The panel conducted its investigations and recently submitted its report. Preliminary findings indicate that the allegation of sexual harassment was not substantiated by the alleged victim or any other person.

“The preliminary investigations have raised certain questions and issues that need to be investigated further. Investigations are ongoing. The university is making efforts to confirm the authenticity or otherwise of the pictures that were released. The university also requires Miss Joy Nwanna to come forward to substantiate the allegations.

“To this end, the press and general public are urged to assist the university by impressing it Miss Joy Nwanna to come forward to substantiate her claim. An appeal is also made to Linda Ikeji to convince the victim to appear before the panel and state her side of the story. Ms. Linda Ikeji as an alumnus of the university deserves the right to help in the investigation because the image of the university is affected.”

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